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eat your words

This page is about the idiom eat your words


If you eat your words, you admit that something you said was wrong.

For example

  • The president was forced to eat his words after it was shown that what he'd said wasn't true.

  • Martina said I'd never win a gold medal, but now that I have she'll have to eat her words.

Quick Quiz

Bernie said I couldn't possibly get Marion to go on a date, and he had to eat his words when I

a. said I definitely would

b. took her out for dinner

c. couldn't get her to go out with me

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Contributor: Matt Errey