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bow and scrape

To be submissive, especially when faced with an authority figure. I think that management sees us all as lowly workers who should bow and scrape to them.
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bow and scrape

Fig. to be very humble and subservient. Please don't bow and scrape. We are all equal here. The salesclerk came in, bowing and scraping, and asked if he could help us.
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bow and scrape

Behave obsequiously or too deferentially, as in In this fashionable store, the salespersons virtually bow and scrape before customers. This term alludes to the old-fashioned custom of bowing so deeply that one's foot draws back and scrapes the ground. A cliché for a century or more, it may be dying out. [Mid-1600s]
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bow and scrape

If someone is bowing and scraping, they are behaving in a way that is extremely respectful towards a powerful or famous person. Note: `Bow' is pronounced with the same vowel sound as the word `how'. Whatever the aides may say about bowing and scraping, however, the royals expect it. I'm hoping my hereditary title will not put off prospective customers. It can be a drawback because some people feel they have to bow and scrape. Note: You use this expression to show that you think that this behaviour is humiliating. Note: If you bow, you bend your body towards someone as a formal way of greeting them or showing respect. In the past, `scraping' was a form of bowing which involved drawing back one leg and bending the other.
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bow and scrape

behave in an obsequious way to someone in authority.
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ˌbow and ˈscrape

(disapproving) be too polite to somebody important in order to gain their approval: I will not bow and scrape to him just to get a salary increase.
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bow and scrape

To behave obsequiously.
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