eat one's words
phrasal to retract what one has said

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  • eat one's words — also[swallow one s words] {v. phr.} To take back something you have said; admit something is not true. * /John had called Harry a coward, but the boys made him eat his words after Harry bravely fought a big bully./ Compare: EAT CROW …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • eat one's words — also[swallow one s words] {v. phr.} To take back something you have said; admit something is not true. * /John had called Harry a coward, but the boys made him eat his words after Harry bravely fought a big bully./ Compare: EAT CROW …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • To eat one's words — 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

  • To eat one's words — Word Word, n. [AS. word; akin to OFries. & OS. word, D. woord, G. wort, Icel. or[eth], Sw. & Dan. ord, Goth. wa[ u]rd, OPruss. wirds, Lith. vardas a name, L. verbum a word; or perhaps to Gr. rh twr an orator. Cf. {Verb}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swallow one's words — 1. To speak unclearly; fail to put enough breath into your words. * /Phyllis was hard to understand because she swallowed her words./ 2. See: EAT ONE S WORDS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • swallow one's words — 1. To speak unclearly; fail to put enough breath into your words. * /Phyllis was hard to understand because she swallowed her words./ 2. See: EAT ONE S WORDS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • swallow one's pride — {v. phr.} To bring your pride under control; humble yourself. * /After Bill lost the race, he swallowed his pride and shook hands with the winner./ Compare: EAT ONE S WORDS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • swallow one's pride — {v. phr.} To bring your pride under control; humble yourself. * /After Bill lost the race, he swallowed his pride and shook hands with the winner./ Compare: EAT ONE S WORDS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Have one's cake and eat it too — To wish to have one s cake and eat it too or simply have one s cake and eat it (sometimes eat one s cake and have it too) is to want more than one can handle or deserve, or to try to have two incompatible things. This is a popular English… …   Wikipedia

  • Eating one's own dog food — To say that a company eats its own dog food means that it uses the products that it makes. For example, Microsoft emphasizes the use of its own software products inside the company. Dogfooding is a means of conveying the company s confidence in… …   Wikipedia

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