humble pie


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. humayun,
  2. humber,
  3. humberside,
  4. humbert i,
  5. humble,
  6. humble plant,
  7. humblebee,
  8. humblebrag,
  9. humboldt,
  10. humboldt bay

Idioms

    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

humble pie

noun

(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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Culture 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 Humble pie refers to a dish originally made from the innards of a deer.

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