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eat crow

 
1. . Fig. to display total humility, especially when shown to be wrong. Well, it looks like I was wrong, and I'm going to have to eat crow. I'll be eating crow if I'm not shown to be right.
2. Fig. to be shamed; to admit that one was wrong. When it became clear that they had arrested the wrong person, the police had to eat crow. Mary talked to Joe as if he was an uneducated idiot, till she found out he was a college professor. That made her eat crow.
See also: crow, eat

eat humble pie

to act very humble when one is shown to be wrong. I think I'm right, but if I'm wrong, I'll eat humble pie. You think you're so smart. I hope you have to eat humble pie.
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in my humble opinion

Cliché a phrase introducing the speaker's opinion. "In my humble opinion," began Fred, arrogantly, "I have achieved what no one else ever could." Bob: What are we going to do about the poor condition of the house next door? Bill: In my humble opinion, we will mind our own business.
See also: humble, opinion

eat crow

to publicly admit you were wrong about something Charles had to eat crow and tell them they were right all along.
See also: crow, eat

eat humble pie

  (British, American & Australian) also eat crow (American)
to be forced to admit that you are wrong and to say you are sorry The producers of the advert had to eat humble pie and apologize for misrepresenting the facts.
See also: eat, humble, pie

eat crow

Also, eat dirt or humble pie . Be forced to admit a humiliating mistake, as in When the reporter got the facts all wrong, his editor made him eat crow. The first term's origin has been lost, although a story relates that it involved a War of 1812 encounter in which a British officer made an American soldier eat part of a crow he had shot in British territory. Whether or not it is true, the fact remains that crow meat tastes terrible. The two variants originated in Britain. Dirt obviously tastes bad. And humble pie alludes to a pie made from umbles, a deer's undesirable innards (heart, liver, entrails). [Early 1800s] Also see eat one's words.
See also: crow, eat

eat crow

tv. to display total humility, especially when shown to be wrong. Well, it looks like I was wrong, and I’m going to have to eat crow.
See also: crow, eat

eat crow

To be forced to accept a humiliating defeat.
See also: crow, eat

eat humble pie

To be forced to apologize abjectly or admit one's faults in humiliating circumstances.
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humble abode

A self-deprecating way to refer to one's home. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is the source: the insufferable Mr. Collins refers to his patroness Lady Catherine de Burgh with “The garden in which stands my humble abode is separated only by a lane from Rosings Park, her ladyship's residence'' and “But she is perfectly amiable, and often condescends to drive by my humble abode in her little phaeton and ponies.''
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humble pie

A meek admission of a mistake. The “humble pie” that we eat when we make a misjudgment or outright error was originally “umble” pie made from the intestines of other less appetizing animal parts. Servants and other lower-class people ate them, as opposed to better cuts. “Umble” became “humble” over the years until eating that pie came to mean expressing a very meek mea culpa. A similar phrase is “eat crow,” the bird being as unpalatable a dish as one's own words.
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Then the grief which he began to share with others became gentle and holy, and he rose up once more, and walked up the steps to the altar, and while the tears flowed freely down his cheeks, knelt down humbly and hopefully, to lay down there his share of a burden which had proved itself too heavy for him to bear in his own strength.
Levin read in the queer, familiar handwriting: "I humbly beg you to leave me in peace.
He (counsel) told the court that medical report of Pervez Musharraf was not challenged at any forum, so it is humbly prayed that arrest warrant of Pervez Musharraf issued by lower court be suspended.
New Delhi/Bangalore, May 8 ( ANI ): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday humbly accepted its defeat in Karnataka and attributed the loss to the spilt in votes.
The cotton starts much more humbly though and this time of year the fluffy white balls are dotted all over the plants that grow in the fertile soil of the Egyptian countryside.
My government and I will seriously and humbly listen to the people s demands, no matter through what means or how many people were there," Leung said on the massive protest.
My government and I will seriously and humbly listen to the people's demands, no matter through what means or how many people were there," Leung was quoted as saying on the massive protest.
Myriam was extremely happy with the event and humbly thanked all who attended and helped make it a huge success.
CDATA[ As we have bitterly learned for the last 2000 years, there is always room for one more tear a as little Leiby Kletzky so humbly reminded us this year.
It is humbly submitted that the prosecution has successfully proved a prima facie case against the accused.
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
We've been on the other side of it and it's important for us to lose humbly and win humbly.
John's Cathedral in Limerick, "I humbly apologize once again to all who were abused as little children.
Interestingly, when a photographer at the event told Mallika that " everyone is talking about you", the actress humbly replied, " Anything to bring attention to a good cause.