bow down to someone

bow down to someone
bow down (to (someone/something)) to obey someone or something.

The old man expects me to bow down to him, but I won't do it.

Etymology: based on the literal meaning of bow down (= to show obedience or respect by bending the head down or the body forward)

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  • bow down to — ˌbow ˈdown to [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they bow down to he/she/it bows down to present participle bowing down to past tense …   Useful english dictionary

  • bow down to something — bow down (to (someone/something)) to obey someone or something. The old man expects me to bow down to him, but I won t do it. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of bow down (= to show obedience or respect by bending the head down or the body …   New idioms dictionary

  • bow down to — bow down (to (someone/something)) to obey someone or something. The old man expects me to bow down to him, but I won t do it. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of bow down (= to show obedience or respect by bending the head down or the body …   New idioms dictionary

  • bow down — (to (someone/something)) to obey someone or something. The old man expects me to bow down to him, but I won t do it. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of bow down (= to show obedience or respect by bending the head down or the body forward) …   New idioms dictionary

  • bow down to — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms bow down to : present tense I/you/we/they bow down to he/she/it bows down to present participle bowing down to past tense bowed down to past participle bowed down to bow down to someone to show respect to… …   English dictionary

  • bow down phrasal — verb (I) 1 to bend forward from your waist, especially when you are already kneeling, in order to show respect (+ before/to etc): Maria bowed down before the statue. 2 bow down to sb literary to let someone give you orders or tell you what to do …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • bow — bow1 [ bau ] verb * 1. ) intransitive to bend your body forward from the waist, especially to show respect for someone: Paul rose from his chair, bowed, and left the room. bow to: Do people still have to bow to the Queen? 2. ) intransitive or… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bow — bow1 [bau] v 1.) to bend the top part of your body forward in order to show respect for someone important, or as a way of thanking an ↑audience ▪ She bowed and left the stage. ▪ Corbett entered the room, bowing respectfully. ▪ The servant bowed… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bow — I BENDING OR SUBMITTING bows, bowing, bowed (Pronounced [[t]ba͟ʊ[/t]] in bow 1 and 2, and [[t]bo͟ʊ[/t]] in bow 3.) 1) VERB When you bow to someone, you briefly bend your body towards them as a formal way of greeting them or showing respect. [V to …   English dictionary

  • bow — I UK [baʊ] / US verb Word forms bow : present tense I/you/we/they bow he/she/it bows present participle bowing past tense bowed past participle bowed * 1) [intransitive] to bend your body forwards from the waist, especially to show respect for… …   English dictionary

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