bow down in the house of Rimmon

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’.
See also: bow, down, house, of