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eat crow

Defined: If you eat crow, you admit that you were wrong about something and apologize.
Example: He had no option but to eat crow and admit that his analysis was wrong.

eat dirt

Defined: If you eat dirt, you are forced to accept another person's bad treatment or insulting remarks.
Example: As a consequence of the strike, the employees had to eat dirt.

easy as pie

Defined: If something is easy as pie, it is very easy to do.
Example: "How did the English test go?" "No problem - it was easy as pie."

eat humble pie

Defined: If you eat humble pie, you are forced to admit that you were wrong and apologize.
Example: After openly criticizing Bill's work, Fred had to eat humble pie when Bill was elected 'salesman of the year'.

eat out of house and home

Defined: This is a humorous way of saying that someone is eating large quantities of your food.
Example: I stock up with food when my teenage sons invite their friends over. They'd eat you out of house and home!

eat out of someone's hand

Defined: If you eat out of somebody's hand, you are eager to please and will accept to do anything that person asks.
Example: She is so persuasive that she has people eating out of her hand in no time.

ego trip

Defined: If you do something primarily to draw attention to yourself and feel important or superior to others, you are on an ego trip.
Example: His speech about creating an association to help the underprivileged was one long ego trip.

err on side of caution

Defined: When uncertain about what to do, if you err on the side of caution you do more than what is adequate rather than take any risks.
Example: When I'm not sure how much food to prepare, I tend to err on the side of caution and prepare far too much.

excuse/pardon my French

Defined: This expression is used as an apology for using crude or offensive language.
Example: He's a bloody nuisance, if you'll excuse my French.


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