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 for To eat humble pie
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Humble \Hum"ble\ (h[u^]m"b'l; 277), a. [Compar. Humbler
     (h[u^]m"bl[~e]r); superl. Humblest (h[u^]m"bl[e^]st).] [F.,
     fr. L. humilis on the ground, low, fr. humus the earth,
     ground. See Homage, and cf. Chameleon, Humiliate.]
     1. Near the ground; not high or lofty.
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              Thy humble nest built on the ground.  --Cowley.
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     2. Not pretentious or magnificent; unpretending; unassuming;
        modest; as, a humble cottage. Used to describe objects.
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     3. Thinking lowly of one's self; claiming little for one's
        self; not proud, arrogant, or assuming; thinking one's
        self ill-deserving or unworthy, when judged by the demands
        of God; lowly; weak; modest. Used to describe people.
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              God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the
              humble.                               --Jas. iv. 6.
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              She should be humble who would please. --Prior.
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              Without a humble imitation of the divine Author of
              our . . . religion we can never hope to be a happy
              nation.                               --Washington.
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     Humble plant (Bot.), a species of sensitive plant, of the
        Mimosa+({Mimosa+sensitiva">genus Mimosa ({Mimosa sensitiva).
     To eat humble pie, to endure mortification; to submit or
        apologize abjectly; to yield passively to insult or
        humiliation; -- a phrase derived from a pie made of the
        entrails or humbles of a deer, which was formerly served
        to servants and retainers at a hunting feast. See
        Humbles. --Halliwell. --Thackeray.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Eat \Eat\ ([=e]t), v. t. [imp. Ate ([=a]t; 277), Obsolescent &
     Colloq. Eat ([e^]t); p. p. Eaten ([=e]t"'n), Obs. or
     Colloq. Eat ([e^]t); p. pr. & vb. n. Eating.] [OE. eten,
     AS. etan; akin to OS. etan, OFries. eta, D. eten, OHG. ezzan,
     G. essen, Icel. eta, Sw. [aum]ta, Dan. [ae]de, Goth. itan,
     Ir. & Gael. ith, W. ysu, L. edere, Gr. 'e`dein, Skr. ad.
     [root]6. Cf. Etch, Fret to rub, Edible.]
     1. To chew and swallow as food; to devour; -- said especially
        of food not liquid; as, to eat bread. "To eat grass as
        oxen." --Dan. iv. 25.
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              They . . . ate the sacrifices of the dead. --Ps.
                                                    cvi. 28.
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              The lean . . . did eat up the first seven fat kine.
                                                    --Gen. xli.
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              The lion had not eaten the carcass.   --1 Kings
                                                    xiii. 28.
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              With stories told of many a feat,
              How fairy Mab the junkets eat.        --Milton.
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              The island princes overbold
              Have eat our substance.               --Tennyson.
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              His wretched estate is eaten up with mortgages.
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     2. To corrode, as metal, by rust; to consume the flesh, as a
        cancer; to waste or wear away; to destroy gradually; to
        cause to disappear.
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     To eat humble pie. See under Humble.
     To eat of (partitive use). "Eat of the bread that can not
        waste." --Keble.
     To eat one's words, to retract what one has said. (See the
        Citation under Blurt.)
     To eat out, to consume completely. "Eat out the heart and
        comfort of it." --Tillotson.
     To eat the wind out of a vessel (Naut.), to gain slowly to
        windward of her.
     Syn: To consume; devour; gnaw; corrode.
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