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touch (someone's) robe

To express one's respect, fealty, awe, subjection, or reverence to someone else. An illusion to the Biblical story of a woman who was healed by Jesus after she surreptitiously touched his garment. You're a man of great power and influence, sir. If you touch this fool's robe, it could have serious global repercussions.
See also: robe, touch

touch the hem of (someone's) robe

To express one's respect, fealty, awe, subjection, or reverence to someone else. An illusion to the Biblical story of a woman who was healed by Jesus after she surreptitiously touched the hem of his garment. You're a man of great power and influence, sir. If you touch the hem of this fool's robe, it could have serious global repercussions.
See also: hem, of, robe, touch
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