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take a bow

To recognize and acknowledge praise, credit, admiration, or appreciation. The famed director is not one to take a bow when given compliments on her work, preferring instead to defer credit to the cast and crew Go on, David—take a bow! Everyone is cheering for you!
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take a bow

to bow and acknowledge credit for a good performance. At the end of the concerto, the pianist rose and took a bow. The audience applauded wildly and demanded that the conductor come out and take a bow again.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

take a bow

Acknowledge praise or applause, as in The conductor asked the composer to take a bow. This idiom uses bow in the sense of "inclining the body or head as a token of salutation." [c. 1800]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

take a bow

mainly BRITISH, JOURNALISM
People sometimes write take a bow before or after a person's name when they want to congratulate that person or show their admiration for them. Note: `Bow' is pronounced with the same vowel sound as the word `how'. There are only three of them — take a bow, Grant Lee Phillips on guitar and vocals, Paul Kimble on bass and drummer Joey Peters — but they sound like an orchestra. When you've got the best camerawork and the best commentators — Martin Tyler, take a bow — it's hard to go far wrong.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

take a bow

1 (of an actor or entertainer) acknowledge applause after a performance. 2 used to tell someone that they should feel themselves worthy of applause.
See also: bow, take
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