humility forced upon someone, often under embarrassing conditions; humiliation.
Obsolete. a pie made of the viscera and other inferior parts of deer or the like.
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Idioms for humble pie
eat humble pie, to be forced to apologize humbly; suffer humiliation: He had to eat humble pie and publicly admit his error.
Origin of humble pie
1640–50; earlier phrase an umble pie, erroneous for a numble pie; see numbles
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British Dictionary definitions for eat humble pie
(formerly) a pie made from the heart, entrails, etc, of a deer
eat humble pie to behave or be forced to behave humbly; be humiliated
Word Origin for humble pie
C17: earlier an umble pie, by mistaken word division from a numble pie, from numbles offal of a deer, from Old French nombles, ultimately from Latin lumbulus a little loin, from lumbus loin
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Cultural definitions for eat humble pie
eat humble pie
To be forced to acknowledge one's deficiencies or errors: “Professor Norris had to eat humble pie when the reviewers pointed out numerous factual errors in his book.” Humble pie refers to a dish originally made from the innards of a deer.
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