pay court to (someone)

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pay court to (someone)

To attempt to gain someone's favor, affection, attention, or interest, especially through flattery or solicitous overtures. They have so much money that they can have an army of lobbyists paying court to politicians in order to maintain their agenda. It can be very jarring and even distressing when young men begin paying court to your daughters when they grow up, but it's something you have to learn to let go of.
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pay court to someone

Fig. to solicit someone's attention; to woo someone. The lawyer was thought to be paying court to too many politicians. The lobbyist paid court to all the influential members of Congress.
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pay court to

Solicit the favors or affection of, as in If you want to win the daughter, you'll have to pay court to her mother. [Late 1500s]
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pay court to someone

If you pay court to someone, you try to win their affection or approval. He loved the idea of giving interviews and people paying court to him. He pays court to me, buys me flowers and takes me to dinner.
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pay court to

1. To flatter with solicitous overtures in an attempt to obtain something or clear away antagonism.
2. To seek someone's love; woo.
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References in classic literature ?
Had you really paid court to Olga's heart I am afraid that there would have been no hope for either of you.
But in the vulgar sycophant who now paid court to her, Emmy always remembered the coarse tyrant who had made her miserable many a time, to whom she had been forced to put up petitions for time, when the rent was overdue; who cried out at her extravagance if she bought delicacies for her ailing mother or father; who had seen her humble and trampled upon her.
This timing, too, is intriguing: The first conjunction occurred in late May, when the Magi may have set out; the second in September, when they may have paid court to King Herod in Jerusalem; and the third in early December, when Herod may have sent them on to Bethlehem.