kowtow to (someone or something)

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

v.
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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