wear sackcloth and ashes

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.
See also: and, ash, sackcloth, wear
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Why wear sackcloth and ashes, when you can hide behind them?
I do not expect our Taoiseach to wear sackcloth and ashes - but a recognition of the sense of hurt and confusion felt by so many would go a long way to stabilising public sentiment.
I am also being asked to wear sackcloth and ashes for suggesting some Tranmere supporters have a less than healthy attitude towards Everton, thus affecting their feelings for Goodison Park legend Watson.
When I fought back through writing, it decided to kill me, whether because I was a degenerate ex-convict who refused to wear sackcloth and ashes, a Negro who refused to accept the Negro Problem as my own, a 'nigger' who would not conform to the existence prescribed for niggers, or a black man who pitied white women, I will never know.
We will compel the greedy swine who run the gas and electric companies to lower prices, and make them wear sackcloth and ashes every time a pensioner dies from the cold.