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sackcloth

coarse cloth such as sacking
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What does he put sackcloth and ashes on his head for?
And having taken these things from under Vasili Andreevich, Nikita went behind the sledge, dug out a hole for himself in the snow, put straw into it, wrapped his coat well round him, covered himself with the sackcloth, and pulling his cap well down seated himself on the straw he had spread, and leant against the wooden back of the sledge to shelter himself from the wind and the snow.
The coffin was forced, the cerements torn, and the melancholy relics, clad in sackcloth, after being rattled for hours on moonless byways, were at length exposed to uttermost indignities before a class of gaping boys.
When my ablutions were completed, I was put into clean linen of the stiffest character, like a young penitent into sackcloth, and was trussed up in my tightest and fearfullest suit.
The door accordingly was opened; and the hermit, a large, strong-built man, in his sackcloth gown and hood, girt with a rope of rushes, stood before the knight.
Other causes combined to concentrate official vigilance upon it; there had been a scare about spies carrying explosives in small objects, and one of those experimental orders which pass like waves over bureaucracy had decreed first that all visitors should change their clothes for a sort of official sackcloth, and then (when this method caused some murmurs) that they should at least turn out their pockets.
org/) "wickedness,"  likely because of the worship of idols or "false" gods, the king, in an act of sincere penitence, put on sackcloth and sat in ashes.
The shopping site is also believed to have had a decline in sales for the former Tory MP's other titles - including her 2013 release Sackcloth and Ashes - despite them also being knocked down.
In Psalms 30:11-12, the Bible says, 'You turned my wailing into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to You and not be silent.
This side of the Atlantic, Louis Theroux recently donned his sackcloth and revisited his weird proto-friendship with Jimmy Savile.
There's also a reference in Revelations: "I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood.
I don't expect a public mea culpa act of sackcloth and ashes, but I would like an acknowledgement 'wing and a prayer' is not an advisable policy.