kiss the ground

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kiss the ground

To make a display of obsequious reverence, devotion, or respect. You should see these sycophants kiss the ground when the boss walks in.
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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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He said, 'I'm kissing the ground for all the children that lost their lives, they won't have the opportunity to grow up and enjoy life.
He said: 'I'm kissing the ground for all the children that lost their lives, they won't have the opportunity to grow up and enjoy life.
When they arrive in Greece, they are so relieved that we've seen men kneeling down and kissing the ground.
Only a timely reflection on what our dogs might have done there held me back from kissing the ground in the style of the late Pope.
A teenage boy, after kissing the ground upon arrival at the shrine, said he wanted to become a priest.
Pictures of soldiers kissing the ground and residents welcoming the armoured vehicles were widely circulated on social networking sites.
Such people are however new to politics and probably forget that Chaudhry Shujaat and Pervaiz Ilahi are the first billionaires, some even say trillionaires, of their family and they got rich by not minding to take countless falls if there were some monetary or political benefits in kissing the ground.
Instead, we should be kissing the ground of this great nation on a daily basis.
It was the first time that a Pope had visited Britain in 400 years and many will remember pictures of him kissing the ground when he arrived at Gatwick Airport on May 28.
The Senegal striker celebrated his second strike of the campaign against Man U with his trademark kissing the ground party piece - then realised he'd forgotten to emulate Balboa with a knockout impression
TV footage showed Libyans kneeling and kissing the ground of Tripoli in gratitude for what some called a "blessed day".
We made such a fuss that eventually they let us off - there were people kissing the ground.
12 AFRICAN tribes pay homage to their chief by kissing the ground where he has walked.
The whole thing was nothing short of farcical, with Barrymore throwing his arms out like he was the Messiah, kissing the ground and bowing in mock worship to cheering fans - who he obviously hasn't worked out were a bunch of mouthy East End kids who'd have cheered an orang utang if a camera was pointing at them.
Benedict avoided some of John Paul's exuberant habits such as kissing the ground on arrival and swaying to the music during public appearances.