eat crow

Definition of eat crow

US, informal

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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to take in through the mouth as food :  ingest, chew, and swallow in turn

    :  to destroy, consume, or waste by or as if by eating

    :  to bear the expense of :  take a loss on

  1. :  something to eat :  food

  1. :  any of various large usually entirely glossy black passerine birds (family Corvidae and especially genus Corvus)

    :  a member of an American Indian people of the region between the Platte and Yellowstone rivers

    :  the language of the Crow people

  1. :  to make the loud shrill sound characteristic of a cock

    :  to utter a sound expressive of pleasure

    :  to exult gloatingly especially over the distress of another

  1. :  the cry of the cock

    :  a triumphant cry

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