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humble Idioms & Phrases

Humble plant

  • noun prostrate or semi-erect subshrub of tropical America, and Australia; heavily armed with recurved thorns and having sensitive soft grey-green leaflets that fold and droop at night or when touched or cooled
    live-and-die; touch-me-not; sensitive plant; action plant; Mimosa pudica; shame plant.
  • (Bot.), a species of sensitive plant, of the genus Mimosa (M. sensitiva).
Webster 1913

To eat humble pie

  • to endure mortification; to submit or apologize abjectly; to yield passively to insult or humilitation; a phrase derived from a pie made of the entrails or humbles of a deer, which was formerly served to servants and retainers at a hunting feast. See Humbles. Halliwell. Thackeray.
Webster 1913

Your humble servant, ∨ Your obedient servant

  • phrases of civility often used in closing a letter.
Webster 1913