To suffer a humiliating experience: “The organizers had to eat crow when the fair they had sworn would attract thousands drew scarcely a hundred people.” The phrase probably refers to the fact that crow meat tastes terrible.
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Two Indonesian airlines, Garuda and Lion Air, have seen Fernandes eat their lunch and are only now responding.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Still, I wish that DuVernay had given us more about those who are less famous besides a scene where they all eat dinner together.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Tribole tells her patients not to change what they eat but how.
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Not much use as the high crests hid the intervening hinterland from view, even from the crow's nests.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
You see Squinty, like most little pigs, thought more of something to eat than of anything else.Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum
Jean clung to his English nurse, who played the fascinating game of pretending to eat his hand.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
I mean it is well my mother is ill, and doesn't wish to eat, for there would be nothing for her, if she did.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
Many of his bird neighbors,p. 31 for instance, liked the same things to eat that he did.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey
Idioms and Phrases with eat crow
Also, eat dirt or humble pie. Be forced to admit a humiliating mistake, as in When the reporter got the facts all wrong, his editor made him eat crow. The first term's origin has been lost, although a story relates that it involved a War of 1812 encounter in which a British officer made an American soldier eat part of a crow he had shot in British territory. Whether or not it is true, the fact remains that crow meat tastes terrible. The two variants originated in Britain. Dirt obviously tastes bad. And humble pie alludes to a pie made from umbles, a deer's undesirable innards (heart, liver, entrails). [Early 1800s] Also see eat one's words.