At weddings, couples may sometimes kowtow
to their respective parents, although the standing bow is currently a lot more common.
Frankly, performing the grand kowtow
in a kimono would have given our Prime Minister a little dignity last week.
In 662 AD, says Reinders, a debate began in China between Confucian ritual, in which everyone is supposed to bow, or kowtow
, to the Chinese emperor, and Buddhists, who claim exemption from bowing to any lay person, even their own parents or the emperor.
They survive thanks to politicians and media that kowtow
to the gun industry, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and others who work feverishly to obscure the truth about wildlife "management."
Cleverly costumed with backs, shoulders, rumps, or chests distorted by huge bumps--visual reminders of their toxicity the high fliers invited to the ball kowtow
to their Prince, who must renounce artifice to win the pure Cinderella.
It's not true, as some governance critics would have you believe, that compensation committees at major companies are stuffed with CEO cronies all too willing to kowtow
to the chief when it comes to keeping his or her pay ahead of competitors'.
Why, then, does America kowtow
to culture in its foreign policy?
Will New Yorkers kowtow
to the Pepsi challenge by letting its bottler leave "PepsiCola" in lights along the East River forever?
If you kowtow
to the bully, the bully will run your life forever.
to someone is to show subservience, to be obsequious, to behave in a servile manner.
For Clem demanded a kind of aesthetic kowtow
from those upon whom he would confer positive judgments - which meant those whose work conformed to his theory of Modernism.
He learnt his Chinese from the two priests during the ten-month voyage and was later to prove useful in translating some of the key documents Macartney sent to the emperor, including his views on the kowtow
For Manila to kowtow
to the Japanese for their aid is downright disgusting.
And we don't have to kowtow
to the Germans and French, who seem to have short memories.
The Tories are failing economically, badly split on Europe and immoral when they kowtow
to Saudi Arabia's brutal regime.