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.
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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]
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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 ?
If you, Lawyer Lightwood, had backed me good and true, and if the T'other Governor had took me down correct (I says under my mark), I should have been worth money at the present time, instead of having a barge-load of bad names chucked at me, and being forced to eat my words, which is a unsatisfying sort of food wotever a man's appetite!
For me, I will eat my words if it is nutritious enough and if that is what I have to do to have peace in the family.
I was prepared to eat my words. However, words remain uneaten as I was right yet again.
If however the Labour MPs' in Kirklees do persuade the CCG to revoke their stupid idea, I will eat my words. If the MPs' fail to save the HRI they ought to resign immediately, but we all know that won't happen.
By that, I mean a man Stones on wet Wednesday evenings in the Premier League will I start 30 goals then I'll be prepared to eat my words but, having watched him retire from international football with a whimper, I'm still who plays in leagues where he can be a flat-track bully.
As for Blues, as much as they're going to be fired up for the fixture, we're a division and a class above them and, frankly, we should be fired up too (again, hopefully I don't eat my words).
And they have shown signs of being able to prove me wrong - and I'd be more than happy to eat my words.
"But a minute later Kurtis delivered the perfect cross for my finish so I had to eat my words."
"So it's great to be able to split the Red Bulls, and it's great to be ahead of the Ferraris, so I eat my words from yesterday.
I hope I have to eat my words, but I very much doubt it.
OUTSPOKEN Wigan chairman Dave Whelan yesterday issued an urgent plea to Sven-Goran Eriksson: "Make me eat my words."
"Kenny didn't score or play well and I turned to Rowan after the match and said, 'He's never a striker - he'll pick up more red cards than goals for us.' "Needless to say Kenny went on to make me eat my words and put me in my place.
JOHN Prescott has twice made me eat my words since I praised him last Wednesday for staying out of trouble.
In this case, at least, having to eat my words left a good aftertaste.
Blyth boss Paul Baker, critical of his players after Saturday's 3-3 draw at home to Runcorn, admitted today: "They made me eat my words."