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kotow

Definitions of kotow
  1. verb
    try to gain favor by cringing or flattering
    synonyms: bootlick, fawn, kowtow, suck up, toady, truckle
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    types:
    court favor, court favour, curry favor, curry favour
    seek favor by fawning or flattery
    type of:
    blandish, flatter
    praise somewhat dishonestly
  2. noun
    a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission
    synonyms: kowtow
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    type of:
    bow, bowing, obeisance
    bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
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