To eat humble pie
Humble Hum"ble, a. [Compar. {Humbler}; superl. {Humblest}.] [F., fr. L. humilis on the ground, low, fr. humus the earth, ground. See {Homage}, and cf. {Chameleon}, {Humiliate}.] 1. Near the ground; not high or lofty; not pretentious or magnificent; unpretending; unassuming; as, a humble cottage. [1913 Webster]

THy humble nest built on the ground. --Cowley. [1913 Webster]

2. Thinking lowly of one's self; claiming little for one's self; not proud, arrogant, or assuming; thinking one's self ill-deserving or unworthy, when judged by the demands of God; lowly; waek; modest. [1913 Webster]

God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. --Jas. iv. 6. [1913 Webster]

She should be humble who would please. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

Without a humble imitation of the divine Author of our . . . religion we can never hope to be a happy nation. --Washington. [1913 Webster]

{Humble plant} (Bot.), a species of sensitive plant, of the genus {Mimosa} ({Mimosa sensitiva}).

{To eat humble pie}, to endure mortification; to submit or apologize abjectly; to yield passively to insult or humilitation; -- a phrase derived from a pie made of the entrails or humbles of a deer, which was formerly served to servants and retainers at a hunting feast. See {Humbles}. --Halliwell. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]


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  • To eat humble pie — Eat Eat ([=e]t), v. t. [imp. {Ate} ([=a]t; 277), Obsolescent & Colloq. {Eat} ([e^]t); p. p. {Eaten} ([=e]t n), Obs. or Colloq. {Eat} ([e^]t); p. pr. & vb. n. {Eating}.] [OE. eten, AS. etan; akin to OS. etan, OFries. eta, D. eten, OHG. ezzan, G.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eat humble pie — {v. phr.} To be humbled; to accept insult or shame; admit your error and apologize. * /Tow told a lie about George, and when he was found out, he had to eat humble pie./ * /In some old stories a boy with a stepfather has to eat humble pie./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • eat humble pie — {v. phr.} To be humbled; to accept insult or shame; admit your error and apologize. * /Tow told a lie about George, and when he was found out, he had to eat humble pie./ * /In some old stories a boy with a stepfather has to eat humble pie./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • eat\ humble\ pie — v. phr. To be humbled; to accept insult or shame; admit your error and apologize. Tow told a lie about George, and when he was found out, he had to eat humble pie. In some old stories a boy with a stepfather has to eat humble pie …   Словарь американских идиом

  • eat humble pie —    If you eat humble pie, you are forced to admit that you were wrong and apologize.     After openly criticizing Bill s work, Fred had to eat humble pie when Bill was elected salesman of the year …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • eat humble pie — British, American & Australian, American to be forced to admit that you are wrong and to say you are sorry. The producers of the advert had to eat humble pie and apologize for misrepresenting the facts …   New idioms dictionary

  • eat humble pie — admit I did not play well, feel humble after defeat    Ben had to eat humble pie after he finished fourth in the race …   English idioms

  • eat humble pie — admit one s error and apologize He had to eat humble pie in front of his friends when they discovered his mistake …   Idioms and examples

  • eat humble pie — (punningly) To humble or abase oneself, to eat one s words, etc • • • Main Entry: ↑humbles * * * eat humble pie phrase to admit that you were wrong about something Thesaurus: to admit you are wrong or have done something wrongsynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • eat humble pie — to admit that you were wrong about something …   English dictionary

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