kotow

Definitions of kotow
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v try to gain favor by cringing or flattering

Synonyms:
bootlick, fawn, kowtow, suck up, toady, truckle
Types:
court favor, court favour, curry favor, curry favour
seek favor by fawning or flattery
Type of:
blandish, flatter
praise somewhat dishonestly

n a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission

Synonyms:
kowtow
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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