touch the hem of (someone's) garment(redirected from touched the hem of their garments)
touch the hem of (someone's) garment
To express one's respect, fealty, awe, subjection, or reverence to someone else. An allusion 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. If you touch the hem of this fool's garment, it could have serious global repercussions.
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