eat humble pie

humble pie

noun
1.
humility forced upon someone, often under embarrassing conditions; humiliation.
2.
Obsolete. a pie made of the viscera and other inferior parts of deer or the like.
Idioms
3.
eat humble pie, to be forced to apologize humbly; suffer humiliation: He had to eat humble pie and publicly admit his error.

Origin:
1640–50; earlier phrase an umble pie, erroneous for a numble pie; see numbles

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humble pie
 
n
1.  (formerly) a pie made from the heart, entrails, etc, of a deer
2.  eat humble pie to behave or be forced to behave humbly; be humiliated
 
[C17: earlier an umble pie, by mistaken word division from a numble pie, from numbles offal of a deer, from Old French nombles, ultimately from Latin lumbulus a little loin, from lumbus loin]

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eat humble pie definition


To be forced to acknowledge one's deficiencies or errors: “Professor Norris had to eat humble pie when the reviewers pointed out numerous factual errors in his book.” Humble pie refers to a dish originally made from the innards of a deer.

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