kiss the ground

kiss the ground

To make a display of obsequious reverence, devotion, or respect. He traveled over three hundred miles just so he could kiss the ground where Charlie Parker used to play.
See also: ground, kiss

kiss the ground

prostrate yourself as a token of respect.
This phrase refers to the practice, found particularly in courts of the ancient Eastern world, of throwing yourself on the ground in front of a monarch.
See also: ground, kiss
References in classic literature ?
I would have you sit under a leafy tree side by side, and read together Romeo and Juliet; and then I would have you fall on your knees and on my behalf kiss the ground on which her foot has left its imprint; then tell her it is the homage of a poet to her radiant youth and to your love for her.
When Maura and her daughter depart Ben-Gurion Airport, they kneel down on the floor to kiss the ground.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
Years after the San Jacinto took you away, you would return to your island, step off the plane, drop to your knees at the airport and kiss the ground.
I truly love her and would kiss the ground she walked on.
On a wintry day in February 2011, a three-year-old boy was standing with his grandmother before the Rumi sign in the Allee of Sycamores: Let the beauty we love be what we do, There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
So, Iranians know very well that there are at least hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
Third, when the protesters regained control after being evacuated for the first time by security forces on February 17, they rushed to the roundabout and began to kiss the ground in joy for being allowed by the government to continue peaceful protesting.
He's a charming ladies' man, coming out with cheesy chat-up lines like "I'd kiss the ground you walked on if you lived in a cleaner neighbourhood".
And I will admit that, after a week driving around the country with my little family, I did kiss the ground in the style made famous by the late Pope when we finally reached home.
To kiss the ground for me is to thank this clay, this beautiful tournament and this arena," said the 17th seed.
Mrs Sykes added: "I never thought I'd see the place again, I said I was going to kiss the ground when we got here.
00secs and he dived on to the track to kiss the ground in celebration.
I would kiss the ground they walk on for finding my baby.