eat one's words
swallow one's words
To take back something you have said; admit something is not true.
Брать назад свои слова; признавать, что что-то было не верным.
John had called Harry a coward, but the boys made him eat his words after Harry bravely fought a big bully.
John was wrong about the election and had to eat his words.
Джон был неправ насчёт выборов и должен забрать свои слова обратно.
He said I'd never get the job, but he had to swallow his words when I was appointed.
Он говорил, что мне никогда не получить эту работу, но ему пришлось признать, что он ошибался, когда меня назначили.
To speak unclearly; fail to put enough breath into your words.
Phyllis was hard to understand because she swallowed her words.
from the word go
From start to finish; completely.
He may look French but he is a New Yorker from the word "go".
get a word in
get a word in edgewise
get a word in edgeways
To find a chance to say something when others are talking.
Вставить слово, ввернуть словечко.
The little boy listened to the older students and finally got in a word.
Mary talked so much that Jack couldn't get a word in edgewise.
Mary talks so fast that nobody can get a word in edgeways.
Мэри разговаривает так быстро, что никому не удается вставить слово.
get the message
get the word
To understand clearly what is meant.
The principal talked to the students about being on time, and most of them got the message.
Mary hinted to her boyfriend that she wanted to break up, but he didn't get the message.
give one's word
To seriously promise.
"You gave me your word you would marry me," Mary bitterly complained, "but you broke your word."
go back on one's word
To renege; break a promise.
Patrick went back on his word when he refused to marry Karen in spite of his earlier promise.
hang on the words of
hang on the lips of
To listen very attentively to.
Ann hangs on every word of her history teacher and takes very careful notes.
As he went on with his speech, his auditors, deeply interested, hung on his lips.
have a word with
To talk, discuss, or speak briefly with.
Robert, I need to have a word with you about tomorrow's exam.
To engage in a sincere discussion with the purpose of persuading the other person or let him or her know of one's dissatisfaction.
Our boss has been making funny decisions lately; I think we ought to have a word with him.