pay (one) respect

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pay (one) respect

To demonstrate respect, honor, or admiration for one. Modifiers are often used before the word "respect." The problem with kids these days is that they don't pay their parents any respect. You should always pay respect to your elders.
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pay someone respect

to honor someone; to have and show respect for someone. You really should pay your boss more respect. We have to pay our parents a lot of respect.
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References in classic literature ?
He was glad that the young men should pay her respect, and that others should admire her.
Emma had feelings, less of curiosity than of pride or propriety, to make her resolve on not being the last to pay her respects; and she made a point of Harriet's going with her, that the worst of the business might be gone through as soon as possible.
There to pay her respects as Alma past by the swimming baths Lisa said: "Who else would volunteer for that amount of time and never take a day off?
ZARA Phillips paid a special visit to Warwick Racecourse yesterday to pay her respects to a managing director and former jockey who died, aged 56.
One of those to pay her respects at its unveiling at the weekend was 82-yearold Elsie Alred, who worked at a local munitions factory in Birchwood during World War II and was left blinded and lost her fingers during an explosion at the works.
CAMILLA Parker Bowles made a surprise appearance at Westminster Hall yesterday to pay her respects to the Queen Mother.