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bow down before (someone)

To obey, pledge allegiance, or submit one's will to someone, especially in a reverential or servile manner. My allegiance is to my own country; I'll never bow down before you! The autocratic CEO all but makes his employees bow down before him.
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Michael,' he says, 'come here and bow down to his feet; and you, young woman, you bow down too; and you, grandchildren, also bow down before him
The ceremony made use of at the reception of a stranger is somewhat unusual; as soon as he enters, all the courtiers strike him with their cudgels till he goes back to the door; the amity then subsisting between us did not secure me from this uncouth reception, which they told me, upon my demanding the reason of it, was to show those whom they treated with that they were the bravest people in the world, and that all other nations ought to bow down before them.
As Queequeg's Ramadan, or Fasting and Humiliation, was to continue all day, I did not choose to disturb him till towards night-fall; for I cherish the greatest respect towards everybody's religious obligations, never mind how comical, and could not find it in my heart to undervalue even a congregation of ants worshipping a toad-stool; or those other creatures in certain parts of our earth, who with a degree of footmanism quite unprecedented in other planets, bow down before the torso of a deceased landed proprietor merely on account of the inordinate possessions yet owned and rented in his name.
There are some low minds (not many, I am happy to believe, but there are some) that would prefer to do what I should call bow down before idols.
Like wise any country from whom you will obtain loan you will have to bow down before it, he remarked.
This scion of the Bhutto family endured the rigours of exile, witnessed the tormenting of his mother and sister, the assassination of his father and his younger brother but refused to bow down before dictatorship, Zardari said in his message on the occasion.
The incident started when the rebels rejected efforts that do not call for the ouster of President Bashar Assad while Assad's government is adamant and is not ready to bow down before the agitating citizens.
The Punjab chief minister said that Pakistan is a super nuclear power which had been made to bow down before other countries, adding that current corrupt government had once took the begging bowl to meet its needs.
Nitish Kumar said that he would bow down before Maharashtra's land during his Mumbai visit.
MY book Open Season, the story of Neil Lennon's year of living dangerously, refusing to bow down before bullets, bombs and bigotry, will be out later this week.
I've never quite understood why 16 aspiring tycoons, some with businesses of their own, feel the need to genuflect and bow down before him as contestants in a reality show in the hope that they will genuflect and bow down before him as subordinates in his business empire.
In the story, Mordecai is told to bow down before Haman, the adviser to the king.
She always likes to cover a classic from one of the old soul divas and this time she chose Gwen Guthrie's 1986 gem Ain't Nothing Goin' On But The Rent - enough to make men everywhere repent and bow down before her.
He is the man that many of our legendary rock guitarists bow down before.
When Graham was young, she said that she was going to create a system of movement for dance that had never existed before, that people would bow down before some day.