forelock-tugging

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'd tell them that if they ever made a name for themselves as a professional serf, they would be viewed as an ingratiating flunky, a grovelling hanger-on, a forelock-tugging, cap-doffing, knee-bending, toilet-seat wiping, embarrassment to the human race.
The joke was on the LTA, England and many a forelock-tugging commentator.
I DIDN'T go to last year's State Opening of Parliament - I was busy campaigning against tuition fees and didn't much fancy a day of forelock-tugging with Liz, Phil and the Windsors.
Well, the days of cap-doffing and forelock-tugging are over and Cameron is exposed as the charlatan he is.
Football has that servile, forelock-tugging dirge to monarchy, but cricket has an anthem to justice, freedom and green rolling hills.
This is forelock-tugging and an insult to the people of this country."
- so all this palaver, coupled with the forelock-tugging narration of Alan Titchmarsh (left) borders on the deranged.
The approach was more informal, less stuffy, more in keeping with the Scottish mood of politeness but never forelock-tugging deference.
Thorpe claims England were railroaded into fulfilling the tour nobody wants - nobody, that is, except forelock-tugging chiefs at the England and Wales Cricket Board.
And young Scots, who've grown up facing the harsh realities of the REAL world, scoff at any forelock-tugging.
| DESPITE the habitual forelock-tugging drivel spouted by the BBC's Royal correspondent, Nicholas Witchell, I sort of sympathised when he dried up in front of the cameras concerning the Archie incarnation.
Ashley's remains a landlord let his down And don't anyone DARE dedicate the three points in midweek to him in thanks as Alan Pardew once unbelievably did with a rush of forelock-tugging.
"My dog could have won a better deal than those forelock-tugging drones we sent out to battle Brussels" Jeremy Paxman.
There are plenty of grovelling, sycophantic, forelock-tugging papers and celebrity magazines happy to give attention to that "other" lot, who haven't exactly been short of attention or media coverage over the last few weeks and months.