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Noun: kowtow  'kaw'taw
  1. A former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission
    - kotow
Verb: kowtow  'kaw'taw
  1. Bend the knees and bow in a servile manner
    - scrape, genuflect
     
  2. Try to gain favour by cringing or flattering
    "He is always kowtowing to his boss";
    - fawn, toady, truckle, bootlick, kotow, suck up, smoodge [Austral]

Derived forms: kowtowed, kowtowing, kowtows

Type of: blandish, bow[2], bowing, flatter, obeisance

Encyclopedia: Kowtow