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pay homage (to someone or something)

1. To openly copy, simulate, or emulate someone or something in content or style as a means of honoring, admiring, or showing respect toward them or it. The dream sequence in the film pays homage to the television show Twin Peaks. There's a fine line between paying homage and straight up ripping someone off.
2. To openly worship, admire, honor, or show respect for someone or something. Many come from all over the world to pay homage to the venerated leader of the church. I refuse to bend my knee and pay homage simply to conform to convention.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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This was brought to mind last week by back-to-back homages. First, I sat through the network re-creation of "Fail Safe." Next, I infiltrated a cast-and-crew screening of Scott's hundred million dollar-plus epic, "Gladiator." Never has the homage syndrome been reflected in such contrasting ways.
I'm not going to pre-review the movie here, which opens May 5, but suffice it to say that few "homages" will ever top this one.
After these early glass works, the "Homages to the Square" could not help but be a let down.
He would have done better to stay with his approach in the gestural, unfinished Homage to the Square: Study to Nocturne, 1951, which was placed just outside the room filled with glass works, and seemed more alive than any of the other "Homages" that were exhibited.
Certain pieces are direct homages to Kasimir Malevich (Hommage au projecteur a decoupe [Homage to the spotlight, 1986], a square "painting" of three different intensities) and to El Lissitsky (Poursuite environnante, dite poursuite proun [Surrounding pursuit, known as proun pursuit, 1988]).
1950) in his crushed-can homage Apollinaire wounded (to Ward Jackson), but by 1961, his neo-Dadaism is turned into a terse poem on the same subject, obsessively annotated and revised (with the dates "10/3/61-10/4/61, 10/13/61" written on the sheet in a spidery hand).
A florid Paul Jenkins--like homage, Vincent at Auvers, 1960, is embarrassingly sentimental: AS FOR MY WORK, we read Vincent writing (in Flavin's exquisite penmanship), I DO IT AT MY LIFE'S RISK AND HALF MY REASON HAS FOUNDERED IN IT.
This is all presented in straightforward, semi-confessional lyrics and narratives that explicitly pay homage to poets as different in sensibility as Michael Harper, Paul Beatty, Quincy Troupe, and Frank O'Hara.