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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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References in classic literature ?
If I put an end to your enemy, will you bow down to me and obey me as King of the Forest?
We live in freedom, but you bow down to and slave for men, who in return for your services flog you with whips and put collars on your necks.
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
still to the commoner, always to the commoner) pa- tience, meanness of spirit, non-resistance under op- pression; and she introduced heritable ranks and aristocracies, and taught all the Christian populations of the earth to bow down to them and worship them.
I do not speak of such women, Pellisson, I speak of a noble and beautiful creature who joins to the intelligence and wit of her sex the valor and coolness of ours; I speak of a woman, handsome enough to make the walls of a prison bow down to salute her, discreet enough to let no one suspect by whom she has been sent.
But they must be sorry folk to bow down to the rich in such a fashion," said big John.
I did not bow down to you, I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity," he said wildly and walked away to the window.
The curriculum that says just because you have white hair and an AARP card in your wallet, it doesn't mean you have to bow down to Father Time.
RANGERS have been boosted ahead of this weekend's title deciders with Jim Jefferies insisting Kilmarnock will not bow down to Celtic, even though their season is over.
He didn't bow down to the dollar sign, but he did bow down to his beliefs.
On his new album Bow Down To The Exit Sign he directs a cast that includes Primal Scream's Bobbie Gillespie, cult poet Carl Hancock Rux, actor Sean Gullette, guitarist Jon Spencer and onetime Tricky collaborator Martina Trippley Bird.
It's one thing to respond to a subscriber; it's another thing to bow down to the wishes of an outside company,'' McCandlish said.
He said yesterday: "If I bow down to the person who sent the letter and who made those calls, more the fool me.
Junking the idea that yoga requires bowing down to Hindu deities or the sun, the Yoga guru said, "Yoga doesn't demand that you bow down to anyone.
Addressing guests at the event held in the grounds of London's Royal Hospital Chelsea yesterday, he said: "Physically, I bow down to these guys.