bow down before (someone)

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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.
See also: before, bow, down
References in classic literature ?
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.
He said that ANP is on the hit list of terrorists and our workers and leaders would not bow down before them and will defeat with full might.