swallow (one's) words

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swallow (one's) words

To retract or rescind something one has said. He'll be swallowing his words once I show him the sales figures for this quarter. I knew I had to swallow my words when she beat me in that game of chess.
See also: swallow, word

swallow one's words

Take back what one said, as in If they win I'll have to swallow my words. George Farquhar used this idiom in The Inconstant (1702): "I have swallowed my words already; I have eaten them up." For a synonym, see eat one's words.
See also: swallow, word