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What is another word for kowtow?

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To act in an excessively subservient manner
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“The poor athletes have to cringe and crawl and kowtow to the mighty officials and association members in order to get a place in the Olympic contingent.”
To touch the forehead to the ground in deference
“Once a relative even asked the representative of the receiver to kowtow to the dead at the farewell ceremony.”
To submit to or acknowledge the merit of
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A gesture expressing deferential respect, such as a bow or curtsy
“I watched with admiration as the ambassador greeted the queen with a graceful kowtow, showcasing the deep respect between their nations.”
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