humble pie

noun

Definition of humble pie 

: a figurative serving of humiliation usually in the form of a forced submission, apology, or retraction often used in the phrase eat humble pie

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These types of plays will continue till the general elections unless Modi really eats humble pie and reaches out to the opposition. Bloomberg.com, "Modi’s Roadblock: Parliament’s Worst Budget Gridlock Since 2000," 6 Apr. 2018 And a big serving for humble pie for some of the loudmouths on the left. Fox News, "Ingraham: The lawlessness of the Democratic Party," 20 Mar. 2018 Coach Dye is all humble pie, just glad to be here, honored, self-effacing. Tom Corvin, latimes.com, "Remember the Titans: Forty years after Cal State Who, Fullerton takes on Purdue," 15 Mar. 2018 If the Pacers needed a little humble pie, this game should do it. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "3 takeaways from the Pacers' loss to the Jazz," 7 Mar. 2018 Well, these six oddities are already quite a bit of humble pie for Google Translate to swallow, but let’s forgive and forget. Douglas Hofstadter, The Atlantic, "The Shallowness of Google Translate," 30 Jan. 2018 There may be some humble pie on the menu for the administrators of Chelsea's Twitter account though. SI.com, "Chelsea Mocked on Social Media Over Surprise Pursuit of Stoke Striker Peter Crouch," 19 Jan. 2018 Big servings of humble pie such as this: C’mon Mike! Rolando Rosa, ajc, "LOOK: Mike & Mike host swallows pride, rocks Miami turnover chain after lost bet," 16 Nov. 2017 This season, with the Dolphins’ early struggles on offense — where the franchise ranks last in just about every important NFL statistical category — Gase is getting a dose of humble pie, and that could be a blessing in disguise. Omar Kelly, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Kelly: Offensive guru? It’s on Adam Gase to get Dolphins’ inconsistent offense going | Commentary," 17 Oct. 2017

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1830, in the meaning defined above

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