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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - A former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission v. - Try to gain favor by cringing or flattering; Bend the knees and bow in a servile manner.

Usage examples (37)
  • They were already prepared to release those two idiots as soon as they could get even a symbolic kowtow from the imperialists.
  • Somehow, the word kowtow just fits.
  • I would like to compliment #2 for a most cromulent use of the word 'kowtow'
  • Only now, in the rush of 'modern progress,' is the doffing of the hat taking the place of the 'kowtow' for more
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