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wear sackcloth and ashes

To act in a way that shows one's penitence or remorse for one's misdeeds or poor behavior. Darren has been wearing sackcloth and ashes ever since his girlfriend broke up with him for cheating on her. There's no way to turn back time on the way I treated my brother growing up. All I can do now is wear sackcloth and ashes.
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in sackcloth and ashes

Behaving in a way that shows one's penitence or remorse for one's misdeeds or poor behavior. Darren has been in sackcloth and ashes ever since his girlfriend broke up with him for cheating on her. There's no way to turn back time on the way I treated my brother growing up. All I can do now is stay in sackcloth and ashes.
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sackcloth and ashes

  (slightly formal)
if you wear sackcloth and ashes, you show by your behaviour that you are very sorry for something you did wrong
Usage notes: In the past, clothes made of sackcloth (= a rough cloth) were worn by the Jews in religious activities to show that they were sad or sorry for the things they had done wrong.
I've already apologized. How long must I wear sackcloth and ashes before you'll forgive me?
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sackcloth and ashes

Mourning or penitence, as in What I did to Julie's child was terrible, and I've been in sackcloth and ashes ever since . This term refers to the ancient Hebrew custom of indicating humility before God by wearing a coarse cloth, normally used to make sacks, and dusting oneself with ashes. In English it appeared in William Tyndale's 1526 biblical translations (Matthew 11:21), "They [the cities Tyre and Sidon] had repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes."
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Comparing himself to the king of Nineveh in the Book of Jonah, Langford proclaimed April 25 a "day of prayer in sackcloth and ashes" and called on "all bishops, priests, pastors, ministers and all citizens of various denominations and creeds to join in.
Mullins trains the horse for the four-member Sackcloth & Ashes Syndicate, who hail from Clane and Naas in County Kildare.
There, on the chance that God might relent from threatened punishment, everyone, from oldest to youngest and from greatest to least--including all the animals--fasts and puts on sackcloth.
In icon VII (via crucis), 1962-64, the Masonite is turned backside out and painted black for a tacky, sackcloth texture, befitting both an updated imitatio Christi (the crude cloth on Christ's beleaguered body) and an evocation of the cheap construction practices in a rapidly developing New York.
And yet, at domestic level, sackcloth and ashes are the order of the day as fans lament Wales' worst performance in the Heineken Cup since the competition's inception.
So in reprisal I made all the monks of a nearby monastery march at the head of our column and threatened to shoot them all; the bishop refused to give way, saying that there was plenty of sackcloth in Italy to make new friars, and keep the prisoners.
Like the psalmist, they praise the one who has "turned my mourning into dancing" and who has "taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy" (Psalm 30:11).
He said: "West Ham have gone home ecstatic and left us sad, morose and sick and it's sackcloth and ashes for a few days.
The permanent exhibition will include forty oil paintings, papier-mache objects, wool and sackcloth weavings (arpilleras), manuscripts, recordings, and personal effects.
The children and adults - all dressed in sackcloth and long cottom garments - jumped and then went on about their business, getting ready for the annual Easter sunrise celebration at the county park.
Dressed in sackcloth and ashes at a hastily arranged press conference, he may have offered a mealy-mouthed apology to manager Graham Taylor, his own team-mates and his own supporters.
His emergence from underneath the bed where he has been hiding (at the end of the novel) parallels the unnamed soldier's emergence from the sackcloth.
In the first, the speaker knows that she is literally plowing over the bones of the dead and wears burlap, if not sackcloth and ashes.
Berlin's development since re-unification has allowed Germany to throw off the sackcloth and ashes of 50 years and catch up with the pomposity of other European capitals.
A number of pro-NEA critics looked at the report, saw betrayal, and donned sackcloth.