humble pie


humble pie
noun
Etymology: humbles
1.
a. : a meat pie formerly made of the inferior parts of a deer and served to the huntsman and other servants
b. : a meat pie made of the humbles of a hog
2. [influenced in meaning by humble (I) ] : submission, apology, or retraction especially made under pressure or in humiliating circumstances : humiliation

would it mean such a deal of humble pie? — Margery Sharp

— often used in the phrase eat humble pie

forced to eat humble pie — H.W.Van Loon

before I'd go and eat humble pie to the sergeant … he might break my neck — Henry Lapham


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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