To eat Humble Pie
Mrs Turner came in and did bring us an Umble-pie hot out of her oven, extraordinarily good. (1663)
I having some venison given me a day or two ago, and so I had a shoulder roasted, another baked, and the umbles baked in a pie, and all very well done. (1662)
In a separate meaning, the word ‘humble’, meaning ‘of low rank or status’, was derived from ‘umble’. The fact that the words sounded so similar, and because umble pie was perhaps often traditionally eaten by the ‘humbler’ sections of society, is possibly why the idiom ‘to eat humble pie’ came to assume its current meaning.
In American English, a similar phrase exists, which is ‘to eat crow’ – perhaps even less appetising than an ‘umble pie’!
The President had to eat humble pie and publicly apologise to the Queen for his statement last week.
After boasting that his company would make the highest profits, he was forced to eat humble pie at the end of year records.
Those who think they are the smartest person around, often end up eating humble pie.