kowtow

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From Sinitic 叩頭叩头 (Cantonese kau3 tau4, Mandarin kòutóu), literally "knock head".

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kowtow ‎(third-person singular simple present kowtows, present participle kowtowing, simple past and past participle kowtowed)

  1. (intransitive) To kneel and bow low enough to touch one’s forehead to the ground.
  2. (intransitive) To bow very deeply.
  3. (intransitive, figuratively) To act in a very submissive manner.

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kowtow ‎(plural kowtows)

  1. The act of kowtowing.

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Noun[edit]

kowtow m (plural kowtows)

  1. kowtow (bow low enough to touch one’s forehead to the ground)