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Use kowtow in a sentence

Definition of kowtow:

  • (noun) a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission
  • (verb) bend the knees and bow in a servile manner
  • (verb) try to gain favor by cringing or flattering;

Sentence Examples:

I know all the other geeks kowtow to him.

He resisted; he had the rooted European objection to kowtow to an Asiatic.

The chamberlains kowtowed at the threshold and crept forward on their knees.

As the chamberlains neared the dais, they kowtowed and drew to one side.

You kowtow to everyone as if you liked nothing so much as being trampled on.

Ushers had kowtowed and the heads of fashionable women had nodded and smiled.

No matter how servile he may be at home, everyone will kowtow to him abroad.

Want nothing better than to curtsy and kowtow when I flung out a gracious order?

She would have kowtowed had the pariahs loosened their brutal grip of her rounded arms.

Even my counselors kowtowed to these servants of the Shogun, who in turn kowtowed to me.

The only way to success in American public life lies in flattering and kowtowing to the mob.

Weeping and smiling in decorous quiet, they kowtowed to one another and murmured formal words of greeting.

With every kowtow she essayed, the waters from her pails bounced up and merrily splashed her.

Of course, we knew that this was an especial favor, and thanked her by kowtowing before we commenced to eat.

Men, he knew, put their careers first, made everything subservient to success, asked their women to kowtow to it.

Then, having kowtowed many times before the corpse, the lid of the coffin was replaced and covered with a few inches of sand, after which she turned as one in a trance and followed the hermit to his boat.