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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.
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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 ?
And seeing that the prisoner was not only quiet, but entirely prostrate and senseless, he rushed from the cell, violently slamming the door, and noisily drawing the bolts.
All were prostrate on the floor, excepting one, apparently a young woman, who sat up, her back supported by an angle of the wall.
He said a true Muslim only prostrates himself in front of God.
Tamil Nadu finance minister prostrates before the chief minister prior to presenting the Budget in the Assembly
Having admonished them, He separates Himself from them about a stone's throw, and prostrates Himself on the ground.
He is prostrate with His face to the ground before the majesty of His Father.