grovel to

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 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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No one has the time or the energy to grovel to everyone around them, so choose who is most worthwhile.
IT'S not just wife Cheryl that Trashley Cole is having to grovel to.
But, I almost forgot, the despots who rule that country are good customers of ours, so our governments, Tory and Labour, will continue to grovel to them as long as they continue to purchase military hardware - accompanied by persistent allegations of bribery and corruption.
We have our own national anthem so let us make this the very last time we publicly grovel to anyone.
Sophie shouldn't grovel to anyone but should stand by her convictions and opinions.
Yesterday Boris Johnson was forced to grovel to the people of Liverpool for sneering at their grief.
Quite simply Ireland do not need to grovel to Keane.
IT can't be easy being in marketing - having to grovel to so many.