forelock-tugging

forelock-tugging

Showing excessive deference toward someone in a superior position. I hate being in meetings with the CEO because then I have to witness all of the managers' forelock-tugging.
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Our dreary and divisive ditty implores a god who surely can't exist in a universe that's spawned so much suffering to protect a posh old benefit claimant who's a drain on the public purse and, worse, a symbol of a forelock-tugging servitude that has no place in a 21st century democracy.
Unfortunately we have a meek, forelock-tugging gaggle of nonentities who call themselves the SFA and who have always been too willing to do UEFA's bidding.
If people HAD been making an extra- special effort for Richie,it would,obviously, have been a disgrace -and symptomatic of the forelock-tugging sycophancy of middle-management: ``Never mind the paying punters,let's just keep the boss sweet.
Football has that servile, forelock-tugging dirge to monarchy, but cricket has an anthem to justice, freedom and green rolling hills.
Well, the days of cap-doffing and forelock-tugging are over and Cameron is exposed as the charlatan he is.
I DIDN'T go to last year's State Opening of Parliament - I was busy campaigning against tuition fees and didn't much fancy a day of forelock-tugging with Liz, Phil and the Windsors.
What forelock-tugging, muddleminded, hypocritical twaddle.
The joke was on the LTA, England and many a forelock-tugging commentator.
I'd tell them that if they ever made a name for themselves as a professional serf, they would be viewed as an ingratiating flunky, a grovelling hanger-on, a forelock-tugging, cap-doffing, knee-bending, toilet-seat wiping, embarrassment to the human race.
We have butchered our share of children during bombing raids in conflicts spawned by Tony Blair's obsequious forelock-tugging to America.
CYCLISTS, people of rotund shape, elderly dawdlers, dreadful drivers, forelock-tugging admirers of Lizzie Windsor and her dysfunctional brood of benefit scroungers, northerners, southerners, Brummies unfortunate enough to support Aston Villa.
This new, five-part series taps into the modern version of the upstairs-downstairs, forelock-tugging world to show us how the other 0.
This new, five-part series taps into the modern upstairs-downstairs, forelock-tugging world to show us how the other 0.
The boys are abhorrent and the forelock-tugging pub landlord demonstrates how wrong it is to let them behave as they want to.
This film has Oscars on the brain and, as in Life of Pi -- another tale of survival that won Best Director last year -- the vehicle for forelock-tugging philosophical depth is religion, or at least spirituality.