curtsy

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curtsy to (one)

To bow before one in a show of respect or deference. I curtsied to the headmistress when she handed me my diploma.
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curtsy to someone

[for a woman] to dip or bow in deference to someone. Of course, I curtsied to the queen! Do you think I'm an anarchist? The little girls curtsied after they did their dance number.
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The contrast continues with six pirouettes and five gallops, four pas de chat and three pony trots, and, finally, two curtsies and one happy hug.
You play Highland heroine Merida, a tomboy princess better with a bow and sword than bows and curtsies, who is on a mission to overturn a curse that has turned her family into bears.
FRAIL Maggie Thatcher curtsies as she welcomes the Queen to her 80th birthday party last night.
Everybody gasped at the beautiful transformation of the Municipal Auditorium, but that was just a prelude to the teary smiles and applause when a diverse and radiant group of 21 debs made their curtsies and took to the floor with their daddies.
Monica Seles, who hadn't played at Wimbledon since her silent, straight-set loss to Steffi Graf in the 1992 final, turned the grunt back on Monday and was all waves, smiles and curtsies on Center Court both before and after trouncing Ann Grossman, 6-1, 6-2, in 50 minutes.
She always curtsies, although she probably wouldn't to the Countess.
Clockwise from top: Sophie and Edward take their wedding vows; Sophie sneaks a smile at her husband; The newly weds walk down the flower-lined aisle as husband and wife as the choir and guests look on; Prince Edward struggles to push the wedding ring on to Sophie's finger after her hands swelled in the heat; Sophie has no trouble slipping a 22-carat Welsh gold band on to the groom's little finger; Prince Edward winks fondly at his bride in a gesture that told so much; Sophie curtsies and Edward bows to the Queen after signing the register.