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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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?" inquired Huck.
Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes. Over it broods the spell of a curse that has withered its fields and fettered its energies.
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.
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. Besides, think how pleasant this is to come home to," he added, looking around the little table.
He attended on us, as I may say, in sackcloth and ashes.
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.
By that I don't mean that I plan to run around naked (heaven forbid) or spend the warmer months in sackcloth and ashes.
When pronouncing these judgments, Jesus makes reference to sackcloth and ashes as a form of penitence.
The shopping site is also believed to have had a decline in sales for the former Tory MP's other titles - including her 2013 release Sackcloth and Ashes - despite them also being knocked down.
Then the "putting on of sackcloth and ashes" and begging for forgiveness.