eat crow

eat crow
phrasal
: to accept what one has fought against : recede from a position taken

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eat crow ,
eat

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eat crow american informal phrase
to admit that you were wrong about something
Thesaurus: to admit you are wrong or have done something wrongsynonym
Main entry: crow

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I
informal be humiliated by having to admit one's defeats or mistakes
II
see crow I

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eat crow — see eat
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Main Entry:crow
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eat crow (US) (or eat humble pie)
informal : to admit that you were wrong or accept that you have been defeated

He was forced to eat crow when the company fired him.

They had to eat humble pie when the rumors they were spreading were proved false.

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Main Entry:eat

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eat humble ˈpie idiom
(BrE) (NAmE eat ˈcrow) to say and show that you are sorry for a mistake that you made From a pun on the old word umbles, meaning ‘offal’, which was considered to be food for poor people.
Main entry:eatidiom

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