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 for To eat one''s words
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Word \Word\, n. [AS. word; akin to OFries. & OS. word, D. woord,
     G. wort, Icel. or[eth], Sw. & Dan. ord, Goth. wa['u]rd,
     OPruss. wirds, Lith. vardas a name, L. verbum a word; or
     perhaps to Gr. "rh`twr an orator. Cf. Verb.]
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     1. The spoken sign of a conception or an idea; an articulate
        or vocal sound, or a combination of articulate and vocal
        sounds, uttered by the human voice, and by custom
        expressing an idea or ideas; a single component part of
        human speech or language; a constituent part of a
        sentence; a term; a vocable. "A glutton of words." --Piers
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              You cram these words into mine ears, against
              The stomach of my sense.              --Shak.
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              Amongst men who confound their ideas with words,
              there must be endless disputes.       --Locke.
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     2. Hence, the written or printed character, or combination of
        characters, expressing such a term; as, the words on a
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     3. pl. Talk; discourse; speech; language.
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              Why should calamity be full of words? --Shak.
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              Be thy words severe;
              Sharp as he merits, but the sword forbear. --Dryden.
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     4. Account; tidings; message; communication; information; --
        used only in the singular.
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              I pray you . . . bring me word thither
              How the world goes.                   --Shak.
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     5. Signal; order; command; direction.
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              Give the word through.                --Shak.
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     6. Language considered as implying the faith or authority of
        the person who utters it; statement; affirmation;
        declaration; promise.
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              Obey thy parents; keep thy word justly. --Shak.
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              I know you brave, and take you at your word.
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              I desire not the reader should take my word.
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     7. pl. Verbal contention; dispute.
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              Some words there grew 'twixt Somerset and me.
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     8. A brief remark or observation; an expression; a phrase,
        clause, or short sentence.
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              All the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this;
              Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. --Gal. v.
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              She said; but at the happy word "he lives,"
              My father stooped, re-fathered, o'er my wound.
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              There is only one other point on which I offer a
              word of remark.                       --Dickens.
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     By word of mouth, orally; by actual speaking. --Boyle.
     Compound word. See under Compound, a.
     Good word, commendation; favorable account. "And gave the
        harmless fellow a good word." --Pope.
     In a word, briefly; to sum up.
     In word, in declaration; in profession. "Let us not love in
        word, . . . but in deed and in truth." --1 John iii. 8.
     Nuns of the Word Incarnate (R. C. Ch.), an order of nuns
        founded in France in 1625, and approved in 1638. The
        order, which also exists in the United States, was
        instituted for the purpose of doing honor to the "Mystery
        of the Incarnation of the Son of God."
     The word, or The Word. (Theol.)
        (a) The gospel message; esp., the Scriptures, as a
            revelation of God. "Bold to speak the word without
            fear." --Phil. i. 14.
        (b) The second person in the Trinity before his
            manifestation in time by the incarnation; among those
            who reject a Trinity of persons, some one or all of
            the divine attributes personified. --John i. 1.
     To eat one's words, to retract what has been said.
     To have the words for, to speak for; to act as spokesman.
        [Obs.] "Our host hadde the wordes for us all." --Chaucer.
     Word blindness (Physiol.), inability to understand printed
        or written words or symbols, although the person affected
        may be able to see quite well, speak fluently, and write
        correctly. --Landois & Stirling.
     Word deafness (Physiol.), inability to understand spoken
        words, though the person affected may hear them and other
        sounds, and hence is not deaf.
     Word dumbness (Physiol.), inability to express ideas in
        verbal language, though the power of speech is unimpaired.
     Word for word, in the exact words; verbatim; literally;
        exactly; as, to repeat anything word for word.
     Word painting, the act of describing an object fully and
        vividly by words only, so as to present it clearly to the
        mind, as if in a picture.
     Word picture, an accurate and vivid description, which
        presents an object clearly to the mind, as if in a
     Word square, a series of words so arranged that they can be
        read vertically and horizontally with like results.
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           H E A R T
           E M B E R
           A B U S E
           R E S I N
           T R E N T
           (A word square)
     Syn: See Term.
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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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