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bow and scrape

Definition of bow and scrape in English:

Behave in an obsequious way to someone in authority: a jailer led them in, the fellow bowing and scraping as he recognized Sir John
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  • So Russ flipped out and is in trouble for attacking some poor guy who was probably not in the mood to bow and scrape before the superstar.
  • The community are now having to bow and scrape, apologising and reasoning for what four freaks, four statistical anomalies, four twisted and tortured minds have done.
  • A stubborn defender of his own beliefs, and commendably reluctant to bow and scrape at the altar of the Old Firm, he may have overstepped the mark this time.
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