eat crow

eat crow
1. Fig. to display total humility, especially when shown to be wrong. •

Well, it looks like I was wrong, and I'm going to have to eat crow.

I'll be eating crow if I'm not shown to be right.

2. Fig. to be shamed; to admit that one was wrong. •

When it became clear that they had arrested the wrong person, the police had to eat crow.

Mary talked to Joe as if he was an uneducated idiot, till she found out he was a college professor. That made her eat crow.

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{v. phr.} To admit you are mistaken or defeated; take back a mistaken statement. * /John had boasted that he would play on the first team; but when the coach did not choose him, he had to eat crow./ * /Fred said he could beat the new man in boxing, but he lost and had to eat crow./ Compare: BACK DOWN, EAT HUMBLE PIE, EAT ONE'S WORDS.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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