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swallow (one's) pride
To ignore one's ego in order to do something that one finds humiliating or below one's standards. I don't have any other job offers, so I guess I just have to swallow my pride and accept this entry-level position. You need to swallow your pride and apologize.
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swallow one's pride
Fig. to forget one's pride and accept something humiliating. I had to swallow my pride and admit that I was wrong. When you're trying to master a new skill, you find yourself swallowing your pride quite often.
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swallow one's pride
Humble oneself, as in She decided to swallow her pride and apologize. This idiom employs swallow in the sense of "refrain from expressing," a usage dating from the early 1600s.
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swallow your pride
COMMON If you swallow your pride, you do something even if you are embarrassed or ashamed about it. If necessary, he can swallow his pride and work with his political enemies. These people are swallowing their pride and looking for charity.
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swallow your ˈpridedecide to act in a way you are ashamed of or embarrassed by because you want or need something very much: She is very independent and it was hard for her to swallow her pride and ask for help.
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swallow one's pride, to
To humble oneself when circumstances demand it. The verb to swallow has been used in the meaning of putting up with unpleasantness since about 1600. The original locution was to swallow one’s spittle, which denoted suppressing anger or some other strong emotion. It appeared in the Bible, “How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?” (Job 7:19).
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