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After 74-year wait, Brentford return to top flight in style by humbling Arsenal

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    Have you looked up humble as a verb? Commented Oct 11, 2021 at 9:34
  • As a verb, it means to make someone understand that they are not as important or special as they thought. Commented Oct 11, 2021 at 9:49
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    Well - so obviously that is what Brentford did to Arsenal, presumably by beating them! Commented Oct 11, 2021 at 9:57
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    @Cocommentator - do you understand that if you make someone understand that they are not as important or special as they thought, then you also lower (verb, reduce) their dignity? Commented Oct 11, 2021 at 10:51
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    Welcome to ELL, Co commentator. Please do a little research before asking a question, and include details of your research in your question. In this case, you could look up humble as a verb in a good dictionary, like this one. dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/humble
    – JavaLatte
    Commented Oct 11, 2021 at 12:08

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Arsenal suffered a humbling 2-0 defeat to newly-promoted Brentford on the opening

Kate's comment is correct.

Brentford have been out of the top division for 70 plus years, which makes them a bit of an underdog. Arsenal are one of the biggest names in football globally.

Brentford (the underdog) defeated Arsenal (the giants) which is a humbling blow. Arsenal are reminded that they are not unstoppable, even the underdogs are a threat, they should have taken this more seriously etc.

They are not as important or special as they thought, their self-opinion has been lowered. They have been humbled.

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