prostrate (oneself) before (someone or something)

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prostrate (oneself) before (someone or something)

To lie down in a supplicatory position of obedience, submission, respect, or fealty to someone or something. I will never bow to you—I only prostrate myself before God. The only thing you can do is prostrate yourself before her and beg for her forgiveness.
See also: before, prostrate

prostrate oneself before someone or something

 
1. Lit. to lay oneself out in respect or obedience in front of someone or something. The members of the cult prostrated themselves before their leader. They prostrated themselves before the altar.
2. Fig. to submit to someone's dominance. If you think I'm going to prostrate my self before you and do as you ask, you are wrong. I will not prostrate myself before the high council!
See also: before, prostrate
References in classic literature ?
In the courts of our fathers men do not prostrate themselves before royalty.
I heard the master of ceremonies command them to prostrate themselves before the emperor, and the sounds as they went upon their knees before him, touching their foreheads to the floor.
Club officials ran for cover, refusing to so much as acknowledge calls, while supporters asked why a club which became a metaphor for all that is good in the game, remaining true to their town and refusing to break the bank to sustain an improbable two years in the top flight, would prostrate themselves before a gambling firm for a rumoured pay-out of APS500,000.
Nuns prostrate themselves before blue-eyed saints contemplating
After they had their fill of wine and food, he demanded that the bandits prostrate themselves before him and then gave each a dozen lashes.
The 67-year-old enjoys huge popularity in Tamil Nadu where fans know her simply as "Amma" (Mother) and ministers have been known to prostrate themselves before her.
Everybody wants celebrities to learn by their mistakes and prostrate themselves before the public.
How could we have known that a person who repeatedly said, "I pledged to my Lord that no one prostrating himself before God would be hurt during my term of office as prime minister," can decide to uproot those people who prostrate themselves before God?
"And please welcome to the studio and into your living rooms - if not your hearts and minds - the three men who are about to prostrate themselves before you in a sad and shameless bid to win your votes.
God even instructs the angels to prostrate themselves before Adam, indicating that God's lordship itself is at stake in the human role.
With its capacity to direct human activity, the market is nearly a deity in modern political discussion, and many leaders and citizens prostrate themselves before it.
To get onto the dole, they must prostrate themselves before the system's administration, prove that they are impoverished, and ask politely for the honor of filling out a series of forms.
We pray to you with confidence." Three women perform an adoration dance with flowers, an oil lamp and incense while three men prostrate themselves before the raised chalice and paten.
Our obsession with TV fame is now so demented that people merrily prostrate themselves before the cameras even if all they've got to show us is they live like pigs.