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humble pie

humility forced upon someone, often under embarrassing conditions; humiliation.
Obsolete. a pie made of the viscera and other inferior parts of deer or the like.
eat humble pie, to be forced to apologize humbly; suffer humiliation:
He had to eat humble pie and publicly admit his error.
Origin of humble pie
1640-50; earlier phrase an umble pie, erroneous for a numble pie; see numbles Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Could she go to him (in person or by writing) and in his presence eat as much as a single mouthful of humble-pie?

    The Seven Darlings Gouverneur Morris
  • In that respect I often have here to eat a slice of humble-pie.

    A Poor Man's House Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  • She marched in with a half-defiant air—evidently "humble-pie" had at present no attraction for her.

    Hoodie Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
  • Come, Gildy, knuckle under and eat your humble-pie like a man.

    Rejected of Men Howard Pyle
  • Meanwhile, George Neston was steadily and unflinchingly devouring his humble-pie.

    Mr. Witt's Widow Anthony Hope
  • Well, the sooner he has his plateful of humble-pie the better; eh, lads?

    Syd Belton George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for humble-pie

humble pie

(formerly) a pie made from the heart, entrails, etc, of a deer
eat humble pie, to behave or be forced to behave humbly; be humiliated
Word Origin
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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