Humiliation

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Choking and gagging,

he coughed up feathers. Eating

crow did not tickle.

 

*Eating crow is an American colloquial idiom, meaning humiliation by admitting wrongness or having been proven wrong after taking a strong position. Crow is presumably foul-tasting in the same way that being proven wrong might be emotionally hard to swallow (Wikipedia).