pay homage to

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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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There are 15 stairs that lead down to the Quaid's actual resting place and this area is only opened for visiting top dignitaries who wish to pay homage to Pakistan's founder.
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On this occasion Quran Khawani will be held at the Mazar of Liaquat Ali Khan and in mosques to pay homage to the departed soul.
Karunanidhi's memorial at the Marina beach, Alagiri said the aim of the rally was to pay homage to his late father and former Chief Minister.
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On this occasion we pay homage to the founding fathers and to all those laid down their lives and suffered grievously for the cause of an independent homeland .
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A civic movement has referred the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP)'s leader Korneliya Ninova to the prosecution over her decision to pay homage to late communist ruler Todor Zhivkov along with several other lawmakers.
"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