kowtow

[ kou-tou, -tou, koh- ]SEE DEFINITION OF kowtow
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And yet he did not move—he made no movement save to kowtow for mercy with his head.

No matter how servile he may be at home, everyone will kowtow to him abroad.

Li stood there behind her and made a sign to us to kowtow to her.

We had to kowtow again in thanking Her Majesty for her kindness and finally she said: "Nemen tzowba" (you can go now).

I think it is perfectly frightful the way we bow down and kowtow to your beast—the great god Cash!

Want nothing better than to curtsy and kowtow when I flung out a gracious order?

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.

After a great deal of kowtow, they were planted in two chairs opposite each other in the living-room.

As he declined to kowtow before the emperor, he was not admitted to the imperial presence and the mission proved 199 abortive.

To the emperor, the “kowtow” is performed by kneeling three times, each act accompanied by touching the ground with the forehead.

WORD ORIGIN

also kow-tow, 1804, from Chinese k'o-t'ou custom of touching the ground with the forehead to show respect or submission, literally "knock the head," from k'o "knock, bump" + t'ou "head." The verb in the figurative sense of "act in an obsequious manner" is from 1826. Related: Kowtowed; kowtowing.

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