eat humble pie

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of eat humble pie

informal
: 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

humble play
  1. : not proud or haughty : not arrogant or assertive

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

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

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

  2. : to destroy the power, independence, or prestige of

pie play
  1. : magpie

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

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

  3. : affair, business

  1. : less common spelling of pi

  2. : type that is spilled or mixed

  3. : a pi character or matrix


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