pay (one's) respects

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pay (one's) respects

1. To offer (someone) a proper or formal expression of greeting, welcome, esteem, or well wishes. I think we should go over and pay our respects to the new neighbors and make them feel welcome to the area!
2. To offer or express one's condolences or sympathy, particularly to someone's family following his or her death. I'm heading to Janet's house after her father's funeral on Sunday to pay my respects to her and her family.
See also: pay, respect
References in classic literature ?
If we had known you had a lady upstairs," replied Athos, with his customary coolness, "we would have asked permission to pay our respects to her.
All we desire is to pay our respects to your Majesty--the cleverest king in all the world, I'm sure--and then to continue on our way.
Builder Chris, 52, said: "We will pay our respects.
Richard Chappell, who had complained about the state of the memorial, said: "At least something is being done and we can at least pay our respects.
Although we are all quite tribal we have the same enthusiasm for the game and we all have a lot of things in common so it is important we pay our respects as football supporters.
These tragedies have overshadowed our trip to Estonia and we wanted to pay our respects to the families," said Boyce.
Michael Dodge, 55, who travelled with his wife Joy, 53, from Portsmouth, Hants, said: "We came to pay our respects to the Queen Mother.
Mrs Laughton, from Kent, said: "We are going to come here every anniversary to pay our respects.
Bringing us home the names of all the local sons and daughters killed or missing in action in Vietnam so we can pay our respects in person.
IN Omagh last night Michael Owen said: "We have come here to pay our respects to those who died and to those who lost loved ones.