don/wear sackcloth and ashes

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Definition of don/wear sackcloth and ashes

: to publicly express or show sorrow or regret for having done something wrong He should be forced to wear sackcloth and ashes and apologize for his lies.

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“Don/wear sackcloth and ashes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/don%2Fwear%20sackcloth%20and%20ashes. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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