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pay homage to someone or something

to openly honor or worship someone or something. Do you expect me to pay homage to your hero? I refuse to pay homage to your principles.
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It was indeed Musqueton -- Musqueton, as fat as a pig, rolling about with rude health, puffed out with good living, who, recognizing D'Artagnan and acting very differently from the hypocrite Bazin, slipped off his horse and approached the officer with his hat off, so that the homage of the assembled crowd was turned toward this new sun, which eclipsed the former luminary.
But should the banner staff of Merry Mount be fortunate, sunshine would break upon the hills, and flowers would beautify the forest, and late posterity do homage to the Maypole.
Germain; doubtless with the feeling that fashion is a homage to men of his stamp.
We imperatively require a perception of, and a homage to beauty in our companions.
Let the creed and commandments even have the saucy homage of parody.
A single trait of feeling, taken from many others, will serve to show the point which this homage of a whole people to a single individual attained.
Do thou, sweet Zephyrus, rising from thy fragrant bed, mount the western sky, and lead on those delicious gales, the charms of which call forth the lovely Flora from her chamber, perfumed with pearly dews, when on the 1st of June, her birth-day, the blooming maid, in loose attire, gently trips it over the verdant mead, where every flower rises to do her homage, till the whole field becomes enamelled, and colours contend with sweets which shall ravish her most.
He was treated with a solemn respect accorded in the irreverent West only to the monarchs of the stage, and he accepted the profound homage with a sustained dignity seen nowhere else but behind the footlights and in the condensed falseness of some grossly tragic situation.
The light porter placed the tea-tray on it, knuckling his forehead as a form of homage.
Sparsit's thinking, by a certain gallantry at ease, which offered her homage too.
The source said that the IS elements are trying to provide material temptations to the people of Shirqat to get the pledge of homage, these attempts have failed and the residents refused to pledge of homage.
ISLAMABAD -- The upper house Friday paid homage to late Justice Rana Bhagwandas for his services for the country and the nation
Neighbours series producer Jason Herbison said: "Our cast had a fantastic time paying homage to some memorable Walford moments in the sketch.
It is the best way to pay homage to the martyrs of Karbala" he added.
HOMAGE flickered encouragingly in the Cambridgeshire last month and appears a stand-out contender for victory on a good card at York.