pay homage to

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pay homage (to someone or something)

1. To openly copy, simulate, or emulate someone or something in content or style as a means of honoring, admiring, or showing respect toward them or it. The dream sequence in the film pays homage to the television show Twin Peaks. There's a fine line between paying homage and straight up ripping someone off.
2. To openly worship, admire, honor, or show respect for someone or something. Many come from all over the world to pay homage to the venerated leader of the church. I refuse to bend my knee and pay homage simply to conform to convention.
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pay homage to someone or something

to openly honor or worship someone or something. Do you expect me to pay homage to your hero? I refuse to pay homage to your principles.
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Later, the PU acting vice chancellor led a walk to pay homage to the martyrs.
We pay homage to our students by trusting them with one of our most prized possessions--our love for music.
My three sons, my daughterin-laws, all my grandchildren and my brother Martin - they're all coming down TURN TO PAGE 2 STARS PAY HOMAGE TO OLD TRAFFORD LEGEND SEE PAGES 2-3
Travelling in a Mercedes Benz S 600, Mukherjee first visited Rajghat to pay homage to the Father of the Nation.
An Evening from Las Vegas will be pay homage to the glitz, glamour and incredible music of Las Vegas in its heyday.
This caravan, whose idea was born through the social network "Facebook," aims to pay homage to martyrs of Sidi Bouzid and more particularly Mohamed Bouazizi who has become a symbol of the popular Revolution in Tunisia.
His birthday, although meaningful to Elvis fans around the world, does not attract the throngs of tourists who make the pilgrimage to Graceland to pay homage to the star.
Sandys says: "I wanted to pay homage to the thousands of Londoners who have made this pilgrimage over the years and am delighted to be able to raise money to grant Starlight children's wishes, and help my chosen charities while I'm at it.
For their fifth full-length, San Francisco experimental electronic duo Matmos pay homage to 10 outre queer legends--including William S.
From the same editors that brought us Visiting Emily (Dickinson) and Visiting Walt (Whitman), this anthology contains over 100 poems that pay homage to New England's premier poet.
The Italian restaurant will offer a fun and exciting dining experience that will pay homage to art of pizza making.
They've also got another cause for celebration after one of the producers of cult TV show 24 decided to pay homage to them in the new series.
The plan to turn the Fatima Shrine into a place where all the religions of the world will gather to pay homage to their various gods has aroused strong opposition.
Of the Prokofiev composition, Varone says, "I'm drawn to the lushness of the score, and plan to pay homage to the original source material--waltzes from Cinderella and War and Peace.