pay court to (someone)

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pay court to (someone)

To attempt to gain someone's favor, affection, attention, or interest, especially through flattery or solicitous overtures. They have so much money that they can have an army of lobbyists paying court to politicians in order to maintain their agenda. It can be very jarring and even distressing when young men begin paying court to your daughters when they grow up, but it's something you have to learn to let go of.
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pay court to someone

Fig. to solicit someone's attention; to woo someone. The lawyer was thought to be paying court to too many politicians. The lobbyist paid court to all the influential members of Congress.
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pay court to

Solicit the favors or affection of, as in If you want to win the daughter, you'll have to pay court to her mother. [Late 1500s]
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pay court to someone

If you pay court to someone, you try to win their affection or approval. He loved the idea of giving interviews and people paying court to him. He pays court to me, buys me flowers and takes me to dinner.
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pay court to

1. To flatter with solicitous overtures in an attempt to obtain something or clear away antagonism.
2. To seek someone's love; woo.
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References in classic literature ?
And that thou mayest clearly see this, say, Anselmo, hast thou not told me that I must force my suit upon a modest woman, decoy one that is virtuous, make overtures to one that is pure-minded, pay court to one that is prudent?
That thou wouldst rob me of it is clear, for when Camilla sees that I pay court to her as thou requirest, she will certainly regard me as a man without honour or right feeling, since I attempt and do a thing so much opposed to what I owe to my own position and thy friendship.
This being so, thou must remember that I am now labouring under that infirmity which women sometimes suffer from, when the craving seizes them to eat clay, plaster, charcoal, and things even worse, disgusting to look at, much more to eat; so that it will be necessary to have recourse to some artifice to cure me; and this can be easily effected if only thou wilt make a beginning, even though it be in a lukewarm and make-believe fashion, to pay court to Camilla, who will not be so yielding that her virtue will give way at the first attack: with this mere attempt I shall rest satisfied, and thou wilt have done what our friendship binds thee to do, not only in giving me life, but in persuading me not to discard my honour.
Kasatsky began to pay court to her, and not merely for the sake of his career.
The doctor surprised his companions by informing them that this was the way to pay court to the sultan.
Since we are not to marry each other, it is forbidden to pay court to me
Your father told me it in so many words when I asked his permission to pay court to you myself--you are to marry Number Thirteen when his education is complete.
I have shrunk instinctively alike from those to whom you have urged me to pay court, and from the motives of interest and gain which have rendered them in your eyes visible objects for my suit.
Sam approached with as good a determination to pay court as did ever suitor after a vacant place at St.
TULSA Two national civil rights groups have joined a federal lawsuit accusing dozens of Oklahoma sheriffs, judges and court clerks of operating a debt-collection scheme that preys on poor people by sending them to jail if they can't pay court costs.
He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for 10 years and had to pay court costs of PS340.
Brenden Daly, aged 56, of Brookhill Road, Alum Rock, guilty of stealing copper piping worth PS800, given a PS450 fine, told to pay a PS45 victim surcharge and pay court costs of PS750.
As well as the PS75 fine they were also ordered to pay court costs ranging from PS15 to PS40.
She was prosecuted and ordered to pay court costs and a fine totalling PS904.