sackcloth and ashes


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sackcloth and ashes

traditional garb of contrition. [O.T.: Jonah 3:6; Esther 4:1–3; N.T.: Matthew 11:21]
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Oh, and one last thing - please don't charge the sackcloth and ashes to us on your expenses.
However, the North Antrim MP went on to infuriate republicans with his comments about sackcloth and ashes.
Berlin's development since re-unification has allowed Germany to throw off the sackcloth and ashes of 50 years and catch up with the pomposity of other European capitals.
The end result is that Mrs Young and Peter Elson are both right in their different ways, and that Peter has been spared the Daily Post punishment of hiking from Waterloo to Southport wearing nothing but sackcloth and ashes.
If we look around, we might see many others sporting some form of sackcloth and ashes.
I know Carrie and the girls wore weird creations but I don't recall them ever stepping out in sackcloth and ashes.
and, above all, leave the sackcloth and ashes to one side on the 10th anniversary of Diana's death.
The doom-mongers have queued up in sackcloth and ashes in the wake of World Cup failure pointing to the retirement of top stars Roy Keane, Kenny Cunningham and Steve Carr.
SACKCLOTH and ashes a fortnight ago when the sell of Coolagorna Figo at Brough Park went wrong and 100 lines of 'must do better' duly done.
The low standards of so many BBC television programmes nowadays, especially on BBC1, could mean that the enforcement authorities should dress in sackcloth and ashes in penance for the organisation for which they are collecting money.
I thought he might at least have tried an outfit made out of sackcloth and ashes for his first appearance in the limelight - or maybe Dolce and Gabbana haven't got round to that yet.
I am also being asked to wear sackcloth and ashes for suggesting some Tranmere supporters have a less than healthy attitude towards Everton, thus affecting their feelings for Goodison Park legend Watson.