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eat humble pie

to suffer the consequences of a mistake

TRANSLATION

to eat humble pie = klein beigeben, zu Kreuze kriechen to humble s.o. = jmdn. demütigen, jmdn. bescheiden werden lassen, jmdn. erniedrigen to feel humbled = Demut lernen --- How important is this English word? eat humble pie: 422,000 Google Hits

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

"Opposition parties EAT HUMBLE PIE. Republican Party candidate Mr Trump emerged victorious against the odds in results announced yesterday, as he defeated Mrs Clinton."

www.herald.co.zw/opposition-parties-eat-humble-pie/

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eat humble pie
idiomatic phrase

- To be forced to acknowledge one's deficiencies or errors.

(The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition.)

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WORD ORIGIN

This expression derives from umble pie (without the H), which was a pie filled with liver, heart and other internal organs, especially of cow but often deer. These parts were known as umbles, and since they were considered inferior food, in medieval times the pie was often served to lower-class people.

Although umbles and the modern word humble (the verb form to humble means to destroy the pride of someone or cause someone to be modest in spirit) are etymologically unrelated, each word has appeared both with and without the initial "H" after the Middle Ages until the 19th century.

(adapted from Wikipedia)

BTW, Another common phrase using "pie" is

- to have a finger in the pie = die Hand im Spiel haben

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SYNONYMS

eat crow, eat dirt, eat one's words, swallow one's pride, tuck one's tail

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“We warned the sales department about the risks in that market. Now that we are closing our foreign office, they are having to eat humble pie!”

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