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

  • eat\ one's\ words — • eat one s words • 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 …   Словарь американских идиом

  • eat one's words — ► eat one s words retract what one has said. Main Entry: ↑eat …   English terms dictionary

  • eat one's words — phrasal : to retract what one has said * * * eat one s words To take back what one has said • • • Main Entry: ↑eat eat one s words To retract what one has said, or apologize for it, usu under compulsion • • • Main Entry: ↑word * * * retract what… …   Useful english dictionary

  • eat one's words — idi eat one s words, to retract one s statement, esp. with humility …   From formal English to slang

  • eat one's words — admit being wrong in something one has said, retract one s statement He was forced to eat his words after his boss proved that he was wrong …   Idioms and examples

  • eat one's words — verb To regret or retract what one has said. He didnt think I could do it, but I proved him wrong and made him eat his words. Syn: eat crow …   Wiktionary

  • eat one's words — retract what one has said, especially in a humiliated way. → eat …   English new terms dictionary

  • eat one's words — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. retract a statement, abjure, rescind; see apologize , recant …   English dictionary for students

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