grovel


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grovel

To interact with someone in an overtly agreeable or deferential manner. Well, if your mother's mad at me, I guess I'm going to have to grovel—we want this family dinner to be pleasant, after all. Come, we must grovel before the king.

grovel before (someone)

To interact with someone in an overtly agreeable or deferential manner. The phrase can also specifically refer to the act of prostration. Well, if your mother's mad at me, I guess I'm going to have to grovel before her—we want this family dinner to be pleasant, after all. Get down and grovel before your king.
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grovel in (something)

1. To interact with someone in an overtly agreeable or deferential manner, usually with a particular aim (indicated after "in"). Well, if your mother's mad at me, I guess I'm going to have to grovel in apology—we want this family dinner to be pleasant, after all.
2. To show one's respect or deference by lying down on the ground in some specific substance. I won't grovel in filth for anyone!
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grovel about in (something)

To show one's respect or deference by lying down on the ground in some specific substance. I won't grovel about in filth for anyone!
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grovel to (someone)

To interact with someone in an overtly agreeable or deferential manner. It can also refer specifically to the act of kneeling or prostration. Well, if your mother's mad at me, I guess I'm going to have to grovel to her—we want this family dinner to be pleasant, after all. Get down and grovel to your king!
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grovel (about) in something

to wallow around in the dirt, etc., while prostrating oneself. The poor fellow groveled about in the mud, trying to keep from being beaten. Why are you there, groveling in the dust?
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grovel before someone or something

to prostrate oneself before someone or something. The prisoner groveled before his accusers. The peasant groveled before the lord of the manor.
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grovel to someone

to kneel in deference to someone; to kowtow to someone. You don't have to grovel to me! I refuse to grovel to anyone.
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grovel

(ˈgrɑvlæ)
in. to fondle or pet. They spent the whole time in the backseat groveling.
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We have our own national anthem so let us make this the very last time we publicly grovel to anyone.
Calling for a rise in "paltry" levels of compensation, he said: "They shouldn't have to grovel and lose their dignity to get the rightful sums of money they deserve.
He said his party leader promotes if you can "grovel for long enough" and "you can read a script".
"But if they are down, they grovel, and I intend, with the help of Closey (Brian Close) and a few others, to make them grovel."
He took far greater joy out of humiliating his manager who was forced to grovel for his job.
His face-to-face grovel was accompanied by a promise from Home Secretary Theresa May that funding for the current review of secret files on the event will not be hit by ConDem spending cuts.
Now the man who guides Harrison's career says the Prince must grovel like a commoner if he wants to get inside the same ring as the man who will fight Julio Pablo Chacon for the WBO world featherweight title next month.
In attempting to raise the issue in the Dail yesterday, Liz McManus said: "We had a situation where the national broadcaster had to grovel..."
It was unforgivable, he agrees, the miners were crushed under her stiletto heel and David Cameron needs to grovel. Hear, Hear!
"In '62 they almost groveled at our feet," said Leland.
The Daley-ordered "police riot" at the Democratic National Convention in 1968 was just what Senator Abraham Ribicoff called it, "Gestapo tactics on the streets in Chicago." As one who saw it and smelled it, I found myself for years savoring Daley's disrepute and that of the Democrats who groveled before him.