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kowtow to someone or something

to grovel to someone or something. I won't kowtow to anyone! You don't expect me to go in there and kowtow to that committee, do you?

kowtow to

v.
To show someone or something excessive respect and obedience in order to gain or maintain favor: The peasants had to kowtow to the dictator. The staff kowtowed to every plan their boss proposed.
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Cameron and Osborne -sneering at the naivety of their critics - will no doubt be happy with their grand kowtow last week and the ensuing Chinese billions.
They trumpet "traditional values," which for them and the politicians who kowtow to them means their own sectarian convictions.
IN his letter last Saturday, R Robson of Consett posed the question, why do all Conservative leaders send our troops to war and kowtow to the Americans?
Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has a novel theory of why the Republicans fared poorly in November: They failed to kowtow enough to the Religious Right.
ITEM: Fox television program host Fred Barnes wrote in the Wall Street Journal for November 23 that President Bush "won't kowtow to the D.
According to Mr Aldridge, women get jobs because they accept low pay, kowtow to their bosses and provide a shield of political correctness.
To leave one country in mourning to kowtow to a man who has caused so much grief in the world will be taken as a slap in the face.
corporation willing to kowtow to the Chinese in order to win export contracts, America's national interest be damned.
Remarkably, Perkins decided the reason Republicans fared poorly is that they failed to kowtow enough to the Religious Right.
Summarizing the real issue, we asked: "Will President Bush continue to kowtow to the demands of internationalist insiders by sacrificing American sovereignty at every opportunity, or will he reassert American independence and move to withdraw the United States from the United Nations, the WTO, the FTAA, and all the other sovereignty-snuffing international organizations we're entangled with?
His naivety is probably a product of a life of having flunkies kowtow to his every whim no matter how ridiculous.
But the whole point of getting a degree is to learn to think on your own two feet and not simply kowtow to authority.
I would like to know if any of our local MPs were honest enough to vote against the Government in the referendum debate, or did they all kowtow to ensure they can stay on the gravy train?
It is so sad to see the proud Welsh being forced by political expediency to kowtow to a family whose blood-drenched record in Wales over the ages includes trying hard to obliterate the Welsh, their language and their culture.
THE Wanted have hit out at X Factor mogul Simon Cowell - claiming they would not want to kowtow to orders from his record label, Syco.