retract one's words

retract one's words
withdraw someone that one has said, take back one's own statement

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • eat one's words — phrasal : to retract what one has said * * * eat one s words To take back what one has said • • • Main Entry: ↑eat eat one s words To retract what one has said, or apologize for it, usu under compulsion • • • Main Entry: ↑word * * * retract what… …   Useful english dictionary

  • eat one's words — admit being wrong in something one has said, retract one s statement He was forced to eat his words after his boss proved that he was wrong …   Idioms and examples

  • eat one's words — idi eat one s words, to retract one s statement, esp. with humility …   From formal English to slang

  • eat one's words — ► eat one s words retract what one has said. Main Entry: ↑eat …   English terms dictionary

  • eat one's words — retract what one has said, especially in a humiliated way. → eat …   English new terms dictionary

  • To eat one's words — 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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To eat one's words — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • eat one's words — verb To regret or retract what one has said. He didnt think I could do it, but I proved him wrong and made him eat his words. Syn: eat crow …   Wiktionary

  • eat one's words — phrasal to retract what one has said …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • eat one's words — (Roget s IV) v. Syn. retract a statement, abjure, rescind; see apologize , recant …   English dictionary for students

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