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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.
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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’.
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However, eating dirt is not always confined to pregnant
David Beckham, whose replica shirts are sold throughout this Catalan capital, was no hero of Zenden when he tried to pass him and ended up eating dirt.
Baobao, a young woman from Inner Mongolia, became world famous in 2006 after eating dirt for 11 years.
The bad bugs were completely eradicated and the good ones did a great job of eating dirt and grime as well.
Appropriately, the FSA are sending out sick bags as part of the campaign We're sick of eating dirt - literally.
Kinkladze then waved his left boot teasingly in front of Dave Beasant and the keeper was eating dirt before the Georgian lifted the ball over a hand held up in surrender.
The lead was surrendered to a Ba own goal at Sunderland when Cheick Tiote saw red and now we witnessed a onegoal advantage also pegged back with Colo eating dirt.
Having left Edwards in his wake he was quickly eating dirt after he was sent crashing to the ground by the lively Gudjonsson.
And when they get here, call me, because I'll be outside eating dirt.
On Thursday I was eating dirt again at Aintree, and later another of my mounts had to be put down.
And he'd twice finished up eating dirt from the back of Klairon Davis earlier this winter.