To eat dirt

to submit in a meanly humble manner to insults; to eat humble pie.
- Otway (1684).

See also: Dirt

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Not more than any other youngster did he like to eat dirt or to be misjudged, but he saw himself in a cleft stick.
And even if the plants aren't toxic, do you really want your baby to eat dirt or drink water from plant trays?
WHAT Tuesday's defeat in Dunedin taught us about this British and Irish Lions tour is that a clear gulf is emerging between the Test team and those destined to eat dirt for the remainder of the trip.
Unfortunately, what you've done to this point limits what you can do now, unless you're willing to eat dirt and let yourself back into the group.
"I can only afford to eat dirt for the next half year," said a user on the Twitter-likeSina Weibo, with an attached screengrab of a Taobao app showing she had bought 42 items.
Well, there might be an emergency, as there was for West Ham when they released Carlton Cole and had to eat dirt and invite him back.
GARBAGE star Shirley Manson has been diagnosed with a rare medical condition which makes her want to eat dirt and the heads of used matches.
According to Eat Dirt (Channel 4), research suggests we've sanitised ourselves into vulnerability to disease.
She told me, "I had to eat dirt." She made it to the border, grew up living in refugee camps and chose, somewhat ambivalently, to return to her homeland.
"He was forced to eat dirt and told by Keith that he was going on a long, long sleep.
If Walsh is determined to force cabin crew to eat dirt, he can.