wear sackcloth and ashes

wear sackcloth and ashes
to behave in a way that shows you are extremely sorry about something that you did

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  • wear sackcloth and ashes — If someone displays their grief or contrition publicly, they wear sackcloth and ashes …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • wear sackcloth and ashes — phrase to behave in a way that shows you are extremely sorry about something that you did Thesaurus: to say or show that you are sorrysynonym Main entry: sackcloth …   Useful english dictionary

  • wear sackcloth and ashes —    If someone displays their grief or contrition publicly, they wear sackcloth and ashes.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Wear sackcloth and ashes —   If someone displays their grief or contrition publicly, they wear sackcloth and ashes …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • sackcloth and ashes — noun a display of extreme remorse or repentance or grief • Hypernyms: ↑display * * * used with allusion to the wearing of sackcloth and having ashes sprinkled on the head as a sign of penitence or mourning (Matt 11:21) * * * sackcloth and ashes… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sackcloth and ashes — slightly formal if you wear sackcloth and ashes, you show by your behaviour that you are very sorry for something you did wrong. I ve already apologized. How long must I wear sackcloth and ashes before you ll forgive me? …   New idioms dictionary

  • wear on sackcloth and ashes — wear, put on, etc. ˌsackcloth and ˈashes idiom to behave in a way that shows that you are sorry for sth that you have done Main entry: ↑sackclothidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • put on sackcloth and ashes — wear, put on, etc. ˌsackcloth and ˈashes idiom to behave in a way that shows that you are sorry for sth that you have done Main entry: ↑sackclothidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • sackcloth — sack|cloth [ˈsæk klɔθ US klo:θ] n also sack|ing [ˈsækıŋ][U] 1.) rough cloth used for making sacks 2.) wear sackcloth and ashes BrE to behave in a way that shows everyone you are sorry about something wrong you have done …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sackcloth — sack|cloth [ sæk,klaθ ] noun uncount a strong thick cloth used for making sacks: SACKING wear sackcloth and ashes to behave in a way that shows you are extremely sorry about something you did …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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