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curtsy to (one)

To bow before one in a show of respect or deference. I curtsied to the headmaster when she handed me my diploma.
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curtsy to someone

[for a woman] to dip or bow in deference to someone. Of course, I curtsied to the queen! Do you think I'm an anarchist? The little girls curtsied after they did their dance number.
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Lady Gaga - a "massive fan" of the Queen - revealed she'd been practising her curtsy before the 2009 show, but declined to discuss their chat, replying: "That is private.
She revealed how Harley practised her curtsy for a week before giving her flowers to the Queen at the opening of the new London HQ of the armed forces charity SSAFA.
Maybe Barry is uptight because Alex didn't curtsy to Her Majesty ?
It's a storm in a royal teacup" - A Buckingham Palace spokesman on the decision of Australian prime minister Julia Gillard to bow rather than curtsy before the Queen.
With Britain's royal wedding around the corner, budding princesses gathered at a posh London hotel for a crash course in how to curtsy, what to say to the queen and how to keep pesky crumbs off their lips when eating finger sandwiches.
London, June 23 (ANI): Serena Williams has promised to dress "more conservatively" when the Queen comes to Wimbledon this Thursday - and plans to tone down her dramatic curtsy.
DEFENDING champion Serena Williams has been practising her curtsy as well as her serve ahead of the Queen's visit to Wimbledon.
But Williams refused to confirm whether she would, as protocol dictates, curtsy to the Queen if she was scheduled to play on Centre Court during her visit.
But the real reason Mrs Scotsman should have remained upright is because of what has happened to the curtsy.
That said, he offered tips: A curtsy or bow is not required anymore.
I kind of miss the curtsy, but overall, I don't believe in royalty.
Nestled against the last step, crusty barnacles curtsy and sway like ballerinas on a stage.
Streep accepted the star-shaped award with a deep curtsy.
All this finesse is even evident in something as offhand as a curtsy.
VENUS WILLIAMS twirled her way to the last 16 of the French Open yesterday - then waded into Wimbledon for abandoning the traditional Centre Court curtsy.