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sackcloth and ashes

Penitence or remorse for one's misdeeds or poor behavior. The phrase originates from an ancient tradition of wearing sackcloth as a show of repentance, and is typically accompanied by verbs like "wear." 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 stay in sackcloth and ashes.
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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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It's the nature of government these days that not even chancellors can get away with telling the truth (not that Gordon Brown has ever tried to so far as I can work out) and so Mr Darling had to don sackcloth and ashes and recant.
But we are not going to get out the sackcloth and ashes just yet"
So bring on the sackcloth and ashes ( but make them cheap
The doom-mongers have queued up in sackcloth and ashes in the wake of World Cup failure pointing to the retirement of top stars Roy Keane, Kenny Cunningham and Steve Carr.
All we need now is Tracey Emin in sackcloth and ashes and I'll be well chuffed
SACKCLOTH and ashes a fortnight ago when the sell of Coolagorna Figo at Brough Park went wrong and 100 lines of 'must do better' duly done.
The low standards of so many BBC television programmes nowadays, especially on BBC1, could mean that the enforcement authorities should dress in sackcloth and ashes in penance for the organisation for which they are collecting money.
I thought he might at least have tried an outfit made out of sackcloth and ashes for his first appearance in the limelight - or maybe Dolce and Gabbana haven't got round to that yet.
Look, if we went in with sackcloth and ashes and fired the whole White House staff,'' the president told his press secretary, ``that isn't going to satisfy these goddamn cannibals.
Aren't sackcloth and ashes passed to those accustomed to lifting their spirits with a quick jog and a natural endorphin high?
It was hard not to feel a little sorry for Louis Theroux as he donned the proverbial sackcloth and ashes on BBC2 last night.
Our final concert could have been a sackcloth and ashes job, but I introduced the music and tried to keep it as light-hearted as possible.
I know Carrie and the girls wore weird creations but I don't recall them ever stepping out in sackcloth and ashes.
It would have been more appropriate for him to arrive in sackcloth and ashes to indicate a penitential church rather than a triumphal tour with all the accouterments of royalty.
There's no point being all sackcloth and ashes and thinking that the season is over because it starts again for us on Thursday when we are back in and preparing for the weekend.