pay court to someone

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 accept.
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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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