kowtow to

kowtow to (someone or something)

To seek esteem through deference to someone. Don't just kowtow to your boss—tell him what you really think.
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kowtow to someone or something

to grovel to someone or something. I won't kowtow to anyone! You don't expect me to go in there and kowtow to that committee, do you?
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kowtow to

To show someone or something excessive respect and obedience in order to gain or maintain favor: The peasants had to kowtow to the dictator. The staff kowtowed to every plan their boss proposed.
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References in classic literature ?
Sacramento gives us our appropriations and therefore we kowtow to Sacramento, and to the Board of Regents, and to the party press, or to the press of both parties.
Theresa May will not kowtow to betting shop bosses and demands action.
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.
What he doesn't say is what he would do to defeat this murderous group who wish to wipe out the whole of the Western population if we don't kowtow to their way of life.
I WAS intrigued by the letter sent in by Alan Carter of Newcastle with his opinion boots and bombs are a futile weapon to use against an aggressive regime, ie ISIL or IS as they wish to be known, what he doesn't say is what he would do to defeat this murderous group who wish to wipe out the whole of the Western population if we don't kowtow to their way of life.
Do the police in every area have to consult, apologise and kowtow to everyone just in case their fragile personalities or civil liberties are encroached?
Tesco should not kowtow to the demands made by what is now a minority.
There have not been many times in more than four decades that I've I found it necessary to kowtow to the whims of difficult customers.
Conversely, it is a titanic shame the city's authorities have chosen to kowtow to the mean-spirited Liverpool RC archdiocese, who are adamant that under no circumstances will any of the many thousands of expected visitors to the city during 2008 be able to view the magnificent 16th-century Italian Renaissance religious artefacts housed in the recently closed - but listed - St Mary of the Angels Church in Everton.
Rather than kowtow to the fringes of the Religious Right by giving them exactly what they want--an abandonment of the phrase separation of church and state--we need to confront them and correct their mistakes by pointing out the numerous ways in which church-state separation has made America the freest nation on the planet.
Although at first glance the Quebec steadfastness appears to be a result of prudence and a refusal to kowtow to a politically correct agenda, it may in fact be an outgrowth of purely financial concerns.
Without the right to be critical of religion we are in a hopeless situation where we must kowtow to the demands of any religious extremist and any perception of offense.
Or the animosity and divisiveness in politics may have evolved because the increased federalization of state powers has nurtured corruption in politics and the "buying" of politics, causing Republicans and Democrats to kowtow to ideologically opposed entities that won't allow the politicians to take anything other than very rigid political stances on issues.