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synonyms for kowtow

  • cave in
  • genuflect
  • pander
  • bow
  • court
  • cower
  • cringe
  • fawn
  • flatter
  • fold
  • kneel
  • prostrate
  • stoop
  • brown-nose
  • give in
  • go along with
  • knuckle under
  • lie down and roll over
  • say uncle
  • toe the mark
See also synonyms for: kowtower / kowtowing
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antonyms for kowtow

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  • ignore
  • straighten
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How to use kowtow in a sentence

Make the flag of the free so well known and respected that everywhere peopled kowtow to the same and take off their hats.
MOTOR BOAT BOYS DOWN THE DANUBELOUIS ARUNDEL
After a great deal of kowtow, they were planted in two chairs opposite each other in the living-room.
THE MONSTER AND OTHER STORIESSTEPHEN CRANE
As he declined to kowtow before the emperor, he was not admitted to the imperial presence and the mission proved 199 abortive.
ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA, 11TH EDITION, VOLUME 6, SLICE 2VARIOUS
To the emperor, the “kowtow” is performed by kneeling three times, each act accompanied by touching the ground with the forehead.
ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA, 11TH EDITION, VOLUME 15, SLICE 8VARIOUS
And yet he did not move—he made no movement save to kowtow for mercy with his head.
WANG THE NINTHPUTNAM WEALE
Want nothing better than to curtsy and kowtow when I flung out a gracious order?
QUEEDHENRY SYDNOR HARRISON
It shows what a nice disposition you have, to come to me to-day, after the way my nephew made me kowtow to you yesterday.
MRS. DARRELLFOXCROFT DAVIS
We had to kowtow again in thanking Her Majesty for her kindness and finally she said: "Nemen tzowba" (you can go now).
TWO YEARS IN THE FORBIDDEN CITYTHE PRINCESS DER LING
I think it is perfectly frightful the way we bow down and kowtow to your beast—the great god Cash!
PIRATES' HOPEFRANCIS LYNDE
In the schools the students kowtow before a Confucian tablet twice each month.
THE OLD WORLD AND ITS WAYSWILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO KOWTOW

  • bootlick
  • brown-nose
  • butter up
  • curry favor
  • flatter
  • grovel
  • kiss someone's feet
  • kowtow
  • lick someone's boots
  • suck up to
  • sweet-talk
  • toady
  • truckle
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