eat crow

idiom

US, informal
: to admit that one was wrong or accept that one has been defeated
He was forced to eat crow when the company fired him.

Examples of eat crow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This isn’t the first time Biden has been forced to eat crow for his progressive policies. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 4 July 2022 After being considered a negative impact player for many years because of his defensive shortcomings, DeRozan is having a blast making everyone eat crow. Shane Young, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to eat crow in 2009 when tiny Honduras refused to obey her decree to reinstate a former sitting president who had been legally deposed by the military. Mary Anastasia O’Grady, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2021 Call him and eat crow. Seija Rankin, EW.com, 25 Aug. 2021

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“Eat crow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eat%20crow. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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