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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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One of the blokes, in flowing long hair, made his point by curtsying to the Queen Mother.
The 21-year-old, who yesterday continued her chase for a second consecutive title at the French Open by thrashing Austria's Barbara Schett 6-0 6-0 in the third round, admitted she believed it was a pity curtsying was now abolished at Wimbledon.
WHAT on Earth was Sarah Brown doing curtsying to Camilla?
Curtsying wasn't obligatory, but if you don't, we'll cut your legs off.
One theory about the phrase is that it is to do with curtsying - lowering the body without breaking the legs - during a curtain call.
However as curtsying to the Royal Family is now less formal, such reverence will largely be left to an individual's discretion.
I'm a high-ranking lady in waiting but as I start curtsying to my own servants I wish I was playing a peasant instead.
All this curtsying must have given Elizabethan ladies lovely toned thighs - such a shame they hid them beneath tufted shag.
And he added: "If I were asked to advise the royal family on this matter, I would say stick to the corgis, they're much more docile and only occasionally nip curtsying ladies-in-waiting on the ankle.
This involves Serena curtsying to her mother-in-law every morning.
Think how William will feel seeing his mother curtsying to others.