Noun(1) a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission
Verb(1) bend the knees and bow in a servile manner(2) try to gain favor by cringing or flattering
(1) Because of the fact that he didn't kowtow to a lot of white interests, a lot of people carry a grudge against Miles.(2) And yet, the developed world often behaves as if those on the rest of the globe must gratefully kowtow to it.(3) While persuading believers to put less emphasis on ritual, he must also set up a real deterrent - courts with real teeth that do not kowtow to rich thieves.(4) She has been jailed because she refused to kowtow to a government demand that would make any independent reporting virtually impossible.(5) But at the same time, they're not going to kowtow to the defense either.(6) They did not kowtow to the demands of an unreasonable employer.(7) Must we forever kowtow to US imperialism and be treated like the illegitimate children of the global economy?(8) They said his actions were more wicked and despicable than earlier claims of a foreign hostess forcing Chinese female workers to kowtow and a security guard frisking female workers.(9) Some people blame it on the fact that he isn't going to kowtow to anyone.(10) 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.(11) Those judging come September time should not kowtow to the idea that we need to regurgitate past glories in order for the results to be recognisable to an international audience.(12) If most people no longer have to kowtow to politicians in order to have a secure retirement, a wide swath of the political spectrum will lose a major justification for its existence.(13) He didn't kowtow to anyone, said what he pleased, dressed as he pleased.(14) He emphasized his ├ö├ç├┐refusal to kowtow to the Occupiers.├ö├ç├û(15) It forbids forcing every American to kowtow to the beliefs of any sect.(16) He is grateful for it, but he is not going to kowtow to anybody.
(1) kowtow :: flinkflooien
1. kotow ::
3. grovel to ::
4. scrape ::
5. truckle ::
kowtow, kowtowed, kowtowing, kowtows
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I'm taking a sabbatical because
I won't KOWTOW to mediocre minds.
The Big Bang Theory Season 1, Episode 4
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