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.
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
earlier phrase an umble pie,
erroneous for a numble pie;
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Examples from the Web for humble pie
Historical Examples of humble pie
In that respect I often have here to eat a slice of humble-pie.
Well, the sooner he has his plateful of humble-pie the better; eh, lads?
Come, Gildy, knuckle under and eat your humble-pie like a man.
Meanwhile, George Neston was steadily and unflinchingly devouring his humble-pie.
Could she go to him (in person or by writing) and in his presence eat as much as a single mouthful of humble-pie?
British Dictionary definitions for 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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