bow down before (someone)

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bow down before (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 before you! The autocratic CEO all but makes his employees bow down before him.
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'Michael,' he says, 'come here and bow down to his feet; and you, young woman, you bow down too; and you, grandchildren, also bow down before him!
The ceremony made use of at the reception of a stranger is somewhat unusual; as soon as he enters, all the courtiers strike him with their cudgels till he goes back to the door; the amity then subsisting between us did not secure me from this uncouth reception, which they told me, upon my demanding the reason of it, was to show those whom they treated with that they were the bravest people in the world, and that all other nations ought to bow down before them.
When such men are only private individuals and before they get power, this is their character; they associate entirely with their own flatterers or ready tools; or if they want anything from anybody, they in their turn are equally ready to bow down before them: they profess every sort of affection for them; but when they have gained their point they know them no more.
Aurangzeb added: 'The 'selected prime minister' can't force his opponents to bow down before him by maligning them.'
After holding a meeting with former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Senator Mushahidullah said that his party should have been in power, adding that his leader neither nor his workers will bow down before anyone.
Terrorists are aiming for soft targets, said, adding that "We will not bow down before terrorists."
The incident started when the rebels rejected efforts that do not call for the ouster of President Bashar Assad while Assad's government is adamant and is not ready to bow down before the agitating citizens.
Nitish Kumar said that he would bow down before Maharashtra's land during his Mumbai visit.
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.
Mr Tadic - the first Serbian leader to visit Ovcara near the town of Vukovar - said he came to the area to "bow down before the victims" and "once again offer words of apology and express regret".
LAHORE -- PML-N Punjab, President Pervaiz Malik Wednesday said that the government would not bow down before the terrorists and they would be defeated.
The Punjab chief minister said that Pakistan is a super nuclear power which had been made to bow down before other countries, adding that current corrupt government had once took the begging bowl to meet its needs.
He said that ANP is on the hit list of terrorists and our workers and leaders would not bow down before them and will defeat with full might.
We would not bow down before terrorists and extremists, Gilani said this while talking to interior minister here at Prime Minister.
They said Pakistani people would not bow down before such anti-state and inhuman elements and fight against these elements would continue till their complete elimination.