eat humble pie

Definition of eat humble pie


  1. :  to admit that one was wrong or accept that one has been defeated They had to eat humble pie when the rumors they were spreading were proved false.

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. :  not proud or haughty :  not arrogant or assertive

    :  reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission

    :  ranking low in a hierarchy or scale :  insignificant, unpretentious

  1. :  to make (someone) humble (see 1humble) in spirit or manner

    :  to destroy the power, independence, or prestige of

  1. :  magpie

  1. :  a meat dish baked with biscuit or pastry crust — compare potpie

    :  a dessert consisting of a filling (as of fruit or custard) in a pastry shell or topped with pastry or both

    :  affair, business

  1. : less common spelling ofpi

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a brief usually trivial fact

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