eat humble pie
make a humble apology and accept humiliation
Humble pie is from a mid 19th-century pun based on umbles meaning offal which was considered to be an inferior food.
1998 - Spectator - A white youth behind us did shout racial abuse. But after the game was over his companions forced him to come up to Darcus to eat humble pie.
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1993 - Fiddlehead - She let everybody know she was moving on to True Love and they could eat her dust.
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used to indicate that you think someone will feel great jealousy or regret about something
1997 - Christina Reid - Clowns - Wait'll you see my new frock. Joan Collins eat your heart out.
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