sit at the feet of (someone)

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sit at the feet of (someone)

To be in a position of devotion or worship to someone; to pay homage to or be reverential to someone. I've been sitting at the feet of my renowned professor ever since I heard his astounding lecture on quantum mechanics. My brother chose to sit at the feet of the saints for the rest of his life, but I do not intend to pursue such a life of the cloth.
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sit at the feet of someone

Fig. to pay homage to someone; to pay worshipful attention to someone. The graduate student sat at the feet of the famous professor for years. I do not intend to sit at the feet of an incompetent for years and years.
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We must learn to sit at the feet of the Divine Master and return to this posture when we are in the thick of our mission.
And to sit at the feet of a rabbi was what you did if you wanted to be a rabbi yourself.
How many masters he's sat at the feet of, though when I said that to him he just laughed and said he'd never sit at the feet of anyone.