eat dirt

eat dirt

1. To be subject to insults and harsh treatment. Because of all the bragging I'd done beforehand, my friends made me eat dirt for finishing last in the race.
2. 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 dirt when we get our report cards! After my negative prediction for the season, I certainly ate dirt when the team started out undefeated.
See also: dirt, eat

eat dirt

suffer insults or humiliation. informal
In the USA eat dirt also has the sense of ‘make a humiliating retraction’ or ‘eat your words’.
See also: dirt, eat
References in classic literature ?
Not more than any other youngster did he like to eat dirt or to be misjudged, but he saw himself in a cleft stick.
And even if the plants aren't toxic, do you really want your baby to eat dirt or drink water from plant trays?
WHAT Tuesday's defeat in Dunedin taught us about this British and Irish Lions tour is that a clear gulf is emerging between the Test team and those destined to eat dirt for the remainder of the trip.
Along the way Gregor meets and develops a fascination for the camp golden girl, Ashley, a Hollywood starlet and leader of the Eat Dirt campaign.
With God's permission your hope will be fulfilled and you will eat dirt.
The scientists have written the new book Let Them Eat Dirt, to explain their conviction that microbiota (the microbes that live in and on humans) are great for our health.
They have written Let Them Eat Dirt, to explain their conviction that microbiota - microbes that live in and on humans - are great for our health.
To help with digestion, koalas eat dirt once in a while.
Most eat both plants and animals, and some also eat dirt.
I can only afford to eat dirt for the next half year," said a user on the Twitter-likeSina Weibo, with an attached screengrab of a Taobao app showing she had bought 42 items.
It amazes me how the average person will follow medical advice even though it does not sound logical; some people would eat dirt pies three times daily if their doctor prescribes it.
Emile Klein's miracle cure for a neck injury resulted in him having an overwhelming, undeniable urge to go outside and eat dirt.
To reiterate: We'd rather eat dirt than play fantasy football.
TOP fashion house Louis Vuitton is being sued over racism claims after a boss at a flagship store allegedly told an African employee: "Black people are slaves who eat dirt off the floor.
Nostalgia crosses the Atlantic and flows into post-Civil War American racialism and generates a new diagnostic category, cachexia Africana, a complex of symptoms including dirt-eating--yet poor whites eat dirt as well as slaves and ex-slaves, and, as a widened anthropological perspective discloses, so have people in many cultures across time and geography, with no suspicion of pathology and even a sound nutritional rationale (Fleissner).