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.
See also: before, bow, down
References in classic literature ?
'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! Do you understand?' he says.
Aurangzeb added: 'The 'selected prime minister' can't force his opponents to bow down before him by maligning them.'