- in sackcloth and ashes, in a state of repentance or sorrow; contrite: She would be in sackcloth and ashes for days over every trifling error she made.
Origin of sackcloth
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- coarse cloth such as sacking
- garments made of such cloth, worn formerly to indicate mourning or penitence
- sackcloth and ashes a public display of extreme grief, remorse, or repentance
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