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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

pay (one's) last respects

To show or express one's respect for someone who has died, especially by attending his or her funeral, wake, memorial service, etc. Anyone who wishes to pay their last respects to my husband is welcome to do so at the viewing this Saturday, from 10 AM to 4 PM.
See also: last, pay, respect

in respect to

In reference to. In respect to the defense's claim that Ms. Smith acted alone, we have evidence to the contrary.
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in some respects

 and in many respects
with regard to some or many details. In some respects, Anne's comments are similar to yours. The three proposals are quite different in many respects.
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pay a call

Euph. to go to the toilet; to leave to go to the toilet. (See also pay a call on someone.) Excuse me. I have to pay a call. Tom left to pay a call. He should be back soon.
See also: call, pay

pay someone respect

to honor someone; to have and show respect for someone. You really should pay your boss more respect. We have to pay our parents a lot of respect.
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respect someone as something

to admire someone as something. I respect you as a friend and supervisor. We respected them all as colleagues and coworkers.
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respect someone for something

to admire someone for something. I really respect George for his courage. Mary respected the company for its fine products.
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with respect to someone or something

of or about someone or something. With respect to radiation, this power plant is very safe. This article examines experiments with respect to ethical issues.
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with all due respect

with the admiration that is owed With all due respect, I think there are some facts you have not considered.
Usage notes: used to disagree politely with someone
See also: all, due, respect

with respect to something

(slightly formal) also in respect to something
considering or relating to something with regard to something There is another question with respect to this plan that must be answered before any decision can be made. Do you really believe your memory is clear in respect to what happened?
Related vocabulary: in terms of something
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pay your respects

to express your admiration or friendly feeling for someone First I paid my respects to her parents and then went into to town to see some other people. Fans waited in the cold to pay their final respects to this fine athlete.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form pay your final respects (to express your admiration for someone who has died)
See also: pay, respect

in regard to

Also, as regards; in or with reference to ; with regard to; in or with respect to . Concerning, about. For example, In regard to your letter, forget it, or As regards your subscription, I'm not sure why it was canceled, or In reference to your inquiry, we'll have to pass it on to the board, or We have a few questions with regard to your recent offer, or With respect to your latest request, we'll be happy to oblige. The word reference has been used in this idiom since the late 1500s, regard from the second half of the 1400s, and respect from the first half of the 1500s. Also see relative to.
See also: regard

in respect to

Also, with respect to. See in regard to.
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pay a call

Also, pay a visit; pay one's respects. Make a short visit, especially as a formal courtesy or for business reasons. For example, Bill asked her to pay a call to his ex-mother-in-law, or Each salesman was told to pay a visit to every new doctor in town, or We went to the wake to pay our respects. Also see call on, def. 2.
See also: call, pay

with all due respect

Although I think highly of you, as in With all due respect, you haven't really answered my question, or With all due respect, that account doesn't fit the facts. This phrase always precedes a polite disagreement with what a person has said or brings up a controversial point. [c. 1800]
See also: all, due, respect

with reference to

Also, with regard or respect to . See in regard to.
See also: reference

pay a call

tv. to go to the toilet; to leave to go to the toilet. (see also call of nature, nature’s call.) Excuse me. I have to pay a call.
See also: call, pay

in respect of

Chiefly British
With respect to.
See also: of, respect
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offtake arrangement respecting the Powerine facility.