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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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But last night, the Tory peer was forced to backtrack - and issued a grovelling apology to Cameron.
It's why we've got a "Royal" family - no more extraordinary than most people's families - to whom we donate lots of big houses manned by grovelling flunkies, as well as paying, out of our hard-won salaries, for the privilege of being reduced to a nation of creeping toadies.
It might take a lot of grovelling and apologies but if you are genuinely sorry and your boss rates you it might just happen.
SO, the gates at St Andrew's drop by few thousand disgruntled supporters who have the sense to vote with their feet, and money-mad Mr Sullivan and his cronies take out an embarrassing full page ad in the newspaper grovelling for support.
She has since had to make a grovelling apology, pay out a total of pounds 30,000 and she's embarrassed her Prime Minister.
Some women said it was usually used as a grovelling apology for bad behaviour.
Dunces at the Department for Education and Employment have now sent a grovelling apology to the John Hampden Grammar School in High Wycombe, Bucks.
After Mr Cameron ordered the ex-banker to make a grovelling apology but kept him in his job, Labour leader Miliband said: "If David Cameron had the judgement, if he had the right strength, he would get rid of Lord Freud." But Tory MP Jackie Doyle-Price then fuelled the row by tweeting: "Anyone who denies that the minimum wage is a barrier to employment for the less able is living in cloud cuckoo land."
Women like Ms Williams understand the concept of good manners and service to the customer without ever having to appear grovelling, patronising or subservient.
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The king of rudeness offered a grovelling apology to 54-year-old Walsh - whom he sacked from X Factor inMarch.
When one considers an economy in free fall, the grovelling for finance that the health and education systems have to endure to maintain minimum standards then squandering EUR44,000 a week of the PAYE sector's money is alarming.
A HOLLYWOOD movie-maker has made a grovelling apology to a Scots businessman after attacking him at a dinner.
But the grovelling apology, after two years, may only have bought him time as TDs demanded his head in two savage Dail maulings.