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- n. Alternative spelling of kowtow.
- v. Alternative spelling of kowtow.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The prostration made by mandarins and others to their superiors, either as homage or worship, by knocking the forehead on the ground; a kowtow. There are degrees in the rite, the highest being expressed by three knockings.
- intransitive v. To perform the kotow. Now usually spelled kowtow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A knocking of the forehead on the ground while kneeling, as an act of homage, reverence, worship, respect, etc.
- To knock the forehead on the ground while kneeling, as an act of reverence, worship, apology, etc.; perform the kotow; hence, to fawn or be obsequious; cringe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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