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bow down in the house of Rimmon

To yield one's beliefs or principles in order to conform. The phrase is Biblical in origin and refers to the Syrian god, Rimmon. I am morally opposed to animal testing, so I can't work for that company! I refuse to bow down in the house of Rimmon just to get a job.
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bow down in the house of Rimmon

pay lip service to a principle; sacrifice your principles for the sake of conformity.
Rimmon was a god worshipped in ancient Damascus; the source of this phrase is Naaman's request in 2 Kings 5:18, ‘when I bow down myself in the house of Rimmon, the Lord pardon thy servant in this thing’.
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According to Rimmon, in psychological novels a character can very often be described more as the sum total of his memories rather than the sum total of his actions ("A Comprehensive Theory of Narrative" 57).
What is the moral of this story?: Because some men in the Benjamite town of Gibeah wanted to have same-sex sex with a Levite and his male servant who were staying the night in the town, it ended up with the tribe of Benjamin nearly wiped out by their own brothers, with the exception of "600 men who fled into the desert to the rock of Rimmon. where they stayed for four months".
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Hobbes maintains that, "by bowing before the Idol Rimmon, he denyed the true God in effect, as much as if he had done it with his lips" (393).
He set off down an area known as Rimmon Pit Clough and they eventually glimpsed a light in the distance.
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The outcome, however, is more complex than Todorovian hesitation or Rimmon's theory of ambiguity, the latter which, in defining narrative ambiguity in very narrow terms, suggests that ambiguity occurs only where "the two hypotheses are mutually exclusive, and yet each is equally coherent, equally consistent, equally plenary and convincing, so that we cannot chose between them" (Rimmon 10).
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Highest-placed junior Christopher and Morag won the Rimmon Cup and, as Morag is the highest-placed newcomer to the scheme, she also won the Angus McTavish and Riachan Shield and a pounds 100 bursary towards training.
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