touch the hem of (someone's) garment

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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.
See also: garment, hem, of, touch
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