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kowtow

noun (n)

  • a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission (noun.communication)
    Synonym: kotow
    source: wordnet30
  • The same as Kotow. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • bend the knees and bow in a servile manner (verb.motion)
    Synonym: genuflect, scrape
    source: wordnet30
  • try to gain favor by cringing or flattering (verb.communication)
    Example:
    He is always kowtowing to his boss.
    source: wordnet30

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