Swallow one’s pride

Definition

To swallow one’s pride means to put aside one’s ego and self-respect in order to admit one’s wrongs, apologize, or accept a situation that is less than ideal.

Examples

He had to swallow his pride and apologize to his boss for coming in late.

She had to swallow her pride and accept the help that her family offered her.

Origin

The phrase ‘swallow one’s pride’ has been used since the 1500s, and is believed to have come from the phrase ‘to swallow the cud’, which is an idiom used in the Bible.

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