kiss the ground

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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
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The Pope kisses the ground on arrival at Cardiff Wales Airport
BIG SMACKER Feghouli kisses the ground after his goal
Pope John Paul II kisses the ground on his arrival at Gatwick Airport in 1982
STONE SMOOCH J He kisses the ground outside the court
LANDMARK VISIT: Pope John Paul II kisses the ground after he lands in England for his first visit to the country in 1982
Key hits a boundary (inset, top) before embracing Strauss on reaching 100 (inset, below) and then saluting the crowd (main); England opening bats man Andrew Strauss kisses the ground at Lord's after reaching his century against the West Indies yesterday; Dwayne Bravo can't hide his dejection as Strauss (left) and Key pile on the runs at Lord's
Abortion, the flake that kisses the ground and melts;
RELIEF: A Palestinian kneels to pray and kisses the ground after being freed from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (above)
She also says a prayer and kisses the ground before going onstage.
SAFE 3 Nik kisses the ground after his walk HIGH THERE Nik gets hug from wife Erendira after his stunt
RELIEVED Kendall Jenkins kisses the ground after stepping off the stricken Carnival Triumph following a cruise from hell.
JUMPING FOR JOY: But England's 10-wicket hero Panesar found himself on a sticky wicket as the umpires got fed-up with his constant appealing against the West Indies yesterday; HIT AND KISS: Monty's thrilled at taking the final wicket at Old Trafford while (below) Chanderpaul kisses the ground after his ton
The Pope kisses the ground at Cardiff airport on a UK visit Britain