eat (one's) words

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eat (one's) words

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 your words when we get our report cards! After my negative prediction for the season, I certainly ate my words when the team started out undefeated.
See also: eat, word

eat (one's) words

Fig. to have to take back one's statements; to confess that one's predictions were wrong. You shouldn't say that to me. I'll make you eat your words. John was wrong about the election and had to eat his words.
See also: eat, word

eat one's words

Be forced to retract something one has said, as in The incumbent won easily, so I had to eat my words. This expression was already proverbial in John Ray's English Proverbs (1670). [Second half of 1500s]
See also: eat, word

eat your words

COMMON If someone has to eat their words, they have to admit that an opinion that they stated publicly has now been proved wrong. He was very doubtful about our chances of success but he'll be eating his words now. The company's chairman has had to eat his words about the company being recession-proof.
See also: eat, word

eat your words

retract what you have said, especially when forced to do so.
See also: eat, word

eat your ˈwords

be forced to admit that what you have said before was wrong: Nick told everyone that he’d be picked for the team, but when he wasn’t chosen he had to eat his words.
See also: eat, word

eat (one's) words

To retract something that one has said.
See also: eat, word
References in classic literature ?
It was sweet and laughable to hear Alan eat his words up in the fear of some fresh quarrel.
GARRY MONK has praised Jonjo Shelvey for making him eat his words.
But he has also talked himself into this fight by making derogatory comments and I'm really looking forward to making him eat his words.
Julie Tongue Collins Well let's serve him up a dead cat on a plate and see if he eats it and shows he can eat his words.
We'd like him to eat his words and accept there are good things happening in Coventry.
It would also be the best possible way to make David Sharpe, the vice-president of Sir Tom's record label, eat his words.
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Will Charlie Weis eventually have to eat his words -- with plenty of cabbage roll and corned beef -- if he continues his beef with BCS voters about getting his Fighting Irish into the top eight?
and now I am going to make Frank Stapleton eat his words.
RAY OLIVEIRA has vowed to make Ricky Hatton eat his words when the pair meet in London next month.
Two thousand locals will be crammed into the National Stadium tonight hoping their man can make Hann eat his words.
Cannavaro has said Italy are certain to reach the final on July 4 regardless of which teams they face along the way and Laursen, who recently sealed a move to Villa from AC Milan, is determined to make the Inter Milan defender eat his words.
He was forced to eat his words four years ago after being ousted as leader and said: "Well I was wrong.
GARY MEGSON is looking to end West Brom's disappointing run of defeats - and make Birmingham striker Clinton Morrison eat his words.
DOUG ELLIS may have been forced to eat his words after claiming Leicester could only afford baked beans at their training ground, but now there's discontent in the Foxes' ranks - over club grub.