eat (one's) words

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eat (one's) words

To retract, regret, or feel foolish about what one has previously said. You think I can't get an A in this class, but I'll make you eat your words when we get our report cards! After my negative prediction for the season, I certainly ate my words when the team started out undefeated.
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eat (one's) words

Fig. to have to take back one's statements; to confess that one's predictions were wrong. You shouldn't say that to me. I'll make you eat your words. John was wrong about the election and had to eat his words.
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eat one's words

Be forced to retract something one has said, as in The incumbent won easily, so I had to eat my words. This expression was already proverbial in John Ray's English Proverbs (1670). [Second half of 1500s]
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eat your words

COMMON If someone has to eat their words, they have to admit that an opinion that they stated publicly has now been proved wrong. He was very doubtful about our chances of success but he'll be eating his words now. The company's chairman has had to eat his words about the company being recession-proof.
See also: eat, word

eat your words

retract what you have said, especially when forced to do so.
See also: eat, word

eat your ˈwords

be forced to admit that what you have said before was wrong: Nick told everyone that he’d be picked for the team, but when he wasn’t chosen he had to eat his words.
See also: eat, word

eat (one's) words

To retract something that one has said.
See also: eat, word
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ALL the cynics who predicted Andy Murray would never make the grade in the tennis elite will be eating their words after the defence of his Olympic title.
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A new exhibition could have visitors eating their words.
Kristen Guest's Eating Their Words demonstrates the importance of anthropophagy as a trope in explicating various literary texts and movements.
In this spirit, Eating Their Words employs cannibalism as a jumping off point through which to evaluate divisions between self and Other, insider and outsider, us and them, civilization and savagery, and so on.
Eating Their Words begins with a Foreword by Maggie Kilgour, a renowned expert on literary cannibalism, who summarizes anthropophagic criticism to date, and sets the stage for the essays to follow.
Researchers at the University of Michigan and Duke University recently completed a study that has some environmentalists eating their words.
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