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humble pie

An admission that one is wrong, usually when it triggers great embarrassment or shame. The phrase derives from an actual "humble pie": a pie made from unpalatable animal parts, usually those of a deer. Ugh, now that my idea has failed, I'll have to eat humble pie in the board meeting tomorrow. I think Ellen is a perfectionist because the thought of having to eat humble pie terrifies her.
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humble pie

A meek admission of a mistake. The “humble pie” that we eat when we make a misjudgment or outright error was originally “umble” pie made from the intestines of other less appetizing animal parts. Servants and other lower-class people ate them, as opposed to better cuts. “Umble” became “humble” over the years until eating that pie came to mean expressing a very meek mea culpa. A similar phrase is “eat crow,” the bird being as unpalatable a dish as one's own words.
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We must ALL come to our collective senses and be prepared to eat the humble pie which circumstances demand.
eating pie in the street on the Royal Wedding day is you, David Cameron, you should be eating humble pie admitting you got everything wrong and then resigning.
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