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

Examples of humble pie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the proof isn’t in the pudding, eating humble pie might be required. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "When is the proof in the pudding, anyway?," 24 Dec. 2020 As his humble pie digests, Tua prepares for the Jets ... who will likely restore his hubris. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL power rankings: Who rates as best and worst teams in lowly NFC East?," 24 Nov. 2020 The high-octane Steelers either will legitimize what Dallas showed in Philadelphia or instead be a family-style portion of humble pie. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Cowboys’ defense gained confidence in Philly, but high-octane Steelers will provide real test," 5 Nov. 2020 Chef Calum Franklin is a champion of the humble pie, using his French classical training and love of British traditions to create something special at his London restaurant, the Holborn Dining Room, and its adjoining Pie Room for takeaway treats. Richard Vines, Bloomberg.com, "Humble Pie Gets Spicy Makeover With British-Indian Recipe," 26 Sep. 2020 One week ago, the Nuggets didn’t treat the Washington Wizards with the proper amount of respect and were served a healthy slice of humble pie. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets “might be putting pressure on ourselves” after loss to Cavs," 12 Jan. 2020 As the coronavirus forces us to eat humble pie, a society that had dismissed God finds its religious conscience stirring. Itxu Díaz, National Review, "God Isn’t Dead After All," 11 Apr. 2020 Other states could surely force candidates to eat their humble pie at the local county fundraiser. Charlie Szold, National Review, "Keep Politics Fun; Save the Iowa Caucuses," 11 Feb. 2020 They got served humble pie by Lamar Jackson and bounced back, suffocating Carson Wentz. BostonGlobe.com, "Facing Prescott, Watson, and Mahomes in consecutive weeks is good preparation for the Patriots to fine-tune for the postseason and find out where they really stand.," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of humble pie

1830, in the meaning defined above

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30 Dec 2020

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“Humble pie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humble%20pie. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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