eat humble pie


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humble pie

n.
A pie formerly made from the edible organs of a deer or hog.
Idiom:
eat humble pie
To be forced to apologize abjectly or admit one's faults in humiliating circumstances.

[Alteration (influenced by humble) of obsolete umble pie : Middle English umbles, edible animal organs (variant of numbles, from Norman French nombles, from Old French, loin of veal, probably from alteration of Latin lumbulus, diminutive of lumbus, loin) + pie.]
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eat humble pie

To be forced to admit, humiliatingly, that you were wrong; from the medieval “umble pie,” a pie made from the umbles (internal organs of deer).
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Translations
mettre de l’eau dans son vin
References in classic literature ?
If you've made a fool of yourself you must eat humble pie. Your wife doesn't strike me as the sort of woman to bear malice."
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Finally, Hobday claimed the impromptu Staff Competition winning by 1 shot in a fiercely fought battle on the Par 3 course although he had to eat humble pie as the school's main contest was won by Dubai English Speaking College where his brother David is head of economics.
NEIL WARNOCK says Chris Sutton will have to eat humble pie after his doom-laden predictions for Cardiff.
The former Manchester United midfielder had predicted Town to be relegated this term, but admitted he had to eat humble pie after the Terriers achieved Premier League safety with back-to-back draws with Manchester City and Chelsea.
Will her fledgling high flyers crack open champagne or eat humble pie? This week Karren meets Sarah, who's keen to break into the lucrative wedding market, but rather worryingly taking advice from her grandfather - via a medium.
Will her fledgling high-flyers crack open Champagne or eat humble pie? This week, Karren meets Sarah, who's keen to break into the lucrative wedding market, but rather worryingly taking advice from her grandfather - via a medium.
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I note that Next are still keen to invest in Dumfries, so can the councillors who voted to stop them not eat humble pie and offer them a fast-track planning decision to develop the Cuckoo Bridge site and let more people get jobs and let the people of Dumfries have another good shop to spend their money in and assist in Dumfries' future.
Parker, 53, said: "This is my moment to eat humble pie. I didn't think Mourinho was the right man - but he has proved me wrong.
But their critics had to eat humble pie when the got the share of popular vote right to within one per cent.
I'm curious about the phrase eat humble pie. Where did it come from?