sackcloth and ashes

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Noun1.sackcloth and ashes - a display of extreme remorse or repentance or grief
display - behavior that makes your feelings public; "a display of emotion"
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The prayers that did begin then, and the lamentations in sackcloth and ashes, and the holy processions, none of these have ceased nor night nor day; and so the monks and the nuns and the foundlings be all exhausted, and do hang up prayers writ upon parchment, sith that no strength is left in man to lift up voice.
Some of his low places he found lifted to ideals, some of his ideas had sunk to the valleys, and lay there with the sackcloth and ashes of pumice stone and sulphur on their ruined heads.
And a hermit's got to sleep on the hardest place he can find, and put sackcloth and ashes on his head, and stand out in the rain, and --"
What does he put sackcloth and ashes on his head for?
He attended on us, as I may say, in sackcloth and ashes.
This Mary Dyer had entered the mint- master's dwelling, clothed in sackcloth and ashes, and seated herself in our great chair with a sort of dignity and state.
I am sure it wouldn't do us any good out there to feel that you were all sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
one crouches Memory, clad in sackcloth and ashes, mumbling penitential
You may have seen the item in the London press stating we supporters must get the sackcloth and ashes out for our antipathy to Pardew.
We have gone, under Labour, from having the best private pension schemes in Europe to sackcloth and ashes for the ordinary man.
I would hope those bishops would go to Rome wearing sackcloth and ashes.
Ali has also been working on the couple's fashion label Edun, trying to shake off the sackcloth and ashes image it has endured to date.