To eat dirt
Dirt Dirt (d[~e]rt), n. [OE. drit; kin to Icel. drit excrement, dr[=i]ta to dung, OD. drijten to dung, AS. gedr[=i]tan.] 1. Any foul of filthy substance, as excrement, mud, dust, etc.; whatever, adhering to anything, renders it foul or unclean; earth; as, a wagonload of dirt. [1913 Webster]

Whose waters cast up mire and dirt. --Is. lvii. 20. [1913 Webster]

2. Meanness; sordidness. [1913 Webster]

Honors . . . thrown away upon dirt and infamy. --Melmoth. [1913 Webster]

3. In placer mining, earth, gravel, etc., before washing. [1913 Webster]

{Dirt bed} (Geom.), a layer of clayey earth forming a stratum in a geological formation. Dirt beds are common among the coal measures.

{Dirt eating}. (a) The use of certain kinds of clay for food, existing among some tribes of Indians; geophagism. --Humboldt. (b) (Med.) Same as {Chthonophagia}.

{Dirt pie}, clay or mud molded by children in imitation of pastry. --Otway (1684).

{To eat dirt}, to submit in a meanly humble manner to insults; to eat humble pie. [1913 Webster]


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