forelock-tugging

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forelock-tugging

A show of excessive deference toward someone in a superior position. I hate being in meetings with the CEO because then I have to witness all of the managers' forelock-tugging.
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I'm just not that into forelock tugging, thanks all the same.
Dan din - surreptitious (the way the whole shebang was arranged); bowo a pheswch - forelock tugging (shame on everyone present).
But surely even old Betty would have a bit of a beamer at how much forelock tugging was going on here.
I am not surprised that the suggestion that our children should be compelled to stand and sing it has come from "one of our would-be masters" who would have us back to the good old forelock tugging, bowing and scraping, "walk in the gutter, know your place" days.
TOADYISM or spineless forelock tugging? You tell me.
He'd then pop off on a soft-top jolly to Avignon to pick up a few baubles with which to fatten their coffers, leading to much grateful forelock tugging and "Fank you, Mr Lamberty, sir" mumbled reverence.
"...being a massive waste of time (and let's not even think about the costs involved) is not the reason I am livid at this forelock tugging stupidity," (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mat-morrisroe/we-must-not-assault-democracy_b_1565865.html?just_reloaded=1) wrote UK political columnist Mat Morrisroe.
* REGARDING the Duke of Edinburgh's 90th birthday, it's good to see that old-fashioned forelock tugging is alive and well.
"He's very unpopular and seen as some sort of throwback to the days of forelock tugging and colonialism."(ANI)
But I wonder if this is another example of the forelock tugging that is rampant amongst the new Edinburgh elite.
A stickler for pomp and circumstance, she demanded lavish displays of blatant forelock tugging.
It's time forelock tugging was put on the banned list alongside hunting.
GREAT rejoicing --and not a little forelock tugging --at news that son of Allerton,Sir Simon Rattle, is returning for the 2008 Capital of Culture celebrations.
If that means the age of forelock tugging is long gone, then clearly so.
I CAN only assume that the forelock tugging blind support for both Government and opposition views expressed in the Examiner this week come from fully paid up party members.