curtsy to

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.
References in classic literature ?
There was hardly a bedroom in the house where feminine compliments were not passing and feminine toilettes going forward, in various stages, in space made scanty by extra beds spread upon the floor; and Miss Nancy, as she entered the Blue Room, had to make her little formal curtsy to a group of six.
It added: "Consumed by jealously as Kate steals the spotlight, the Queen gets revenge by forcing her to curtsy to William's royal cousins.
LITTLE Harley Inns beams with pride, with her tragic big brother's medals pinned to her lapel, as she prepares to curtsy to the Queen.
Maybe Barry is uptight because Alex didn't curtsy to Her Majesty ?
Until 2003 protocol dictated that players should bow or curtsy to the royal box before games began, but this was dropped at the request of the Duke of Kent, the president of the All England Club.
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.
As regards it not being acceptable to bow or curtsy to anyone, in this modern day it is people like you who object to showing respect to anyone.
Well how about a rare pat-on-the-back over claims in a new book that the Royal Family loathe her because she's republican, anti-hunting, allergic to corgis and won't curtsy to the Queen.
While we continue to bow and curtsy to Mrs Windsor, and while there is a social divide wedged open by Mrs Windsor, we will never have a democracy.
Good old British values took a bashing recently when it was announced that tennis players at Wimbledon, that epitome of Britishness, would no longer be required to bow or curtsy to the Royal Box.
They are, in words from Shakespeare, "Bidding the law make curtsy to their will, hooking both right and wrong to the appetite" (Isabella in "Measure for Measure").
The removal of the ``Royal Highness'' title, which separates the royal family from the rest of British nobility, officially obliges Diana to curtsy to others who have it - her ex-husband, for instance, and even her own children.
Until 2003, players had to bow or curtsy to the royal box, but this was dropped at the request of the Duke of Kent, the club president.
I LAUGHED my socks off when I read that the Queen thinks Cherie Blair's refusal to curtsy to her is hilarious.