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

Examples of humble pie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They were served a slice of humble pie by Japan, which won 4-0 in the Group C finale and finished second in the standings. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2023 Andrew Harrer—Bloomberg/Getty Images Bud Light’s multinational parent company AB InBev, the world’s largest beer producer by volume, is eating an American-size portion of humble pie. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 20 June 2023 Vol 2 Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 Babylon Best Dinner Beef Lasagna Pizza Night Breakfast Best Lunch Tuna melt Tuna salad Spicy tuna roll Best Breakfast Croissant Smoothie Starbucks egg bites Best Snack Pretzel sticks Oreo cookies How about some humble pie? Vulture, 16 June 2023 Such a slice of humble pie coming from a chief executive is rare and a strong indication of Licht’s cloudy future at the network. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2023 The term humble pie, for example, comes from pies made with umbles, or scraps of meat and offal that fed peasants who were seated far away from royalty at banquets. Kim Severson, New York Times, 2 May 2023 Let the pitchers eat some humble pie. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 June 2021 McCarthy said the Cowboys ate some humble pie. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 21 Oct. 2020 Here comes a dose of humble pie. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 5 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of humble pie was in 1830

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“Humble pie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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