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bow down to (someone)

To obey, pledge allegiance, or submit one's will to someone, especially in a reverential or servile manner. My allegiance is to my own country; I'll never bow down to you! The autocratic CEO all but makes his employees bow down to him.
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bow down

 (to someone or something) and bow to someone or something
1. Lit. to bend or curtsy to someone or something. Do you expect me to bow down or something when you enter? He bowed down low to the duchess. She faced forward and bowed to the altar.
2. Fig. to submit to someone or something; to yield sovereignty to someone or something. I will not bow down to you, you dictator! We will never bow to a foreign prince.
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bow down

v.
1. To bend the head or the top part of the body forward as a sign of respect: The loyal subjects stood before the throne and bowed down to the king and queen.
2. To submit to someone's orders without offering resistance: The rebels refused to bow down to a corrupt government.
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Let us bow down and remember that every person must have the strength and will to resist when freedom and democracy are at stake, to stand up for the original values, which Bulgaria's Constitution and traditions have long established," Mikov told at the ceremony, BGNES reports.
However, he said, the concerned government departments have refused to bow down to the unjust demands.
Some people really believe that they own the roads and everyone should bow down to them.
In which case let's hope his Test career lasts a bit longer than Bears predecessor Septimus Kinneir, who made his bow down there for England against Australia at Sydney in 1911.
He said: "I'm really hopeful that all the competitors and all the supporters come out in droves and show some solidarity with the people of Boston, and show we're not going to bow down to terrorists.
That's cos The X Factor judge reckons Beyonce's new single Bow Down is pretty damn rubbish.
For sharing the pages with such grim tales are characters that refuse to bow down to social prejudices, despite undergoing the greatest torment.
However, I assure you that Syria will not bow down and that it will continue to resist the pressure being imposed on it.
MY book Open Season, the story of Neil Lennon's year of living dangerously, refusing to bow down before bullets, bombs and bigotry, will be out later this week.
Our state will never bow down to intimidations, blackmails or violence.
Elin Jones should bow down gracefully from her vendetta and let the first minister Carwyn Jones make fair genuine decisions.
and NEW YORK, April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's most popular Catholic Recording Artist, John Michael Talbot, has announced a special digital release of his long-awaited new CD, "Worship and Bow Down," for his fans this Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011.
I've never quite understood why 16 aspiring tycoons, some with businesses of their own, feel the need to genuflect and bow down before him as contestants in a reality show in the hope that they will genuflect and bow down before him as subordinates in his business empire.
I put my bow down and jumped up and down like a little girl at Christmas yelling, "YES
It's crackers" - Frank Dobson, Labour's former health secretary, on the Government's decision to close down NHS Direct "I know I eat a lot but my refusal to bow down to the daily diet and all-round self-denial doesn't mean I believe in indiscriminate gluttony.