To eat dirt is bad enough, but to find that we have eaten more than was necessary may chance to give us an indigestion.
I am glad when men who live by dirty ways are made to eat dirt.
He would, he said, make them eat dirt, the vilest and most loathsome of all dirt.
"Servia will have to eat dirt," said Larry when he had finished.
His proud soul must eat dirt, if need be, for the sake of eighty pounds.
Not more than any other youngster did he like to eat dirt or to be misjudged, but he saw himself in a cleft stick.
I'm ready to eat dirt, if need be, but for a fire-eating parson I still think I did pretty well!
They eat dirt, they sleep in dirt, they breathe dirt 'til their backs are bent, their hands twisted an' warped.
15c. metathesis of Middle English drit, drytt "mud, dirt, dung" (c.1300), from Old Norse drit, cognate with Old English dritan "to void excrement," from Proto-Germanic *dritanan (cf. Dutch drijten, Old High German trizan).
Used abusively of persons from c.1300. Meaning "gossip" first attested 1926 (in Hemingway); dirt bike is 1960s. Dirt-cheap is from 1821. Dirt road attested by 1852.
To accept rebuke or harassment meekly; swallow one's pride; eat shit: I ate dirt and apologized to that bastard (1857+)