bow and scrape


bow and scrape
verb /ˈbaʊəndskreɪp/
a) to make a deep bow with the right leg drawn back (thus scraping the floor), left hand pressed across the abdomen, right arm held aside.
b) to show excessive politeness or servility.

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  • bow and scrape — To kowtow, to ingratiate oneself sycophantically • • • Main Entry: ↑bow bow and scrape To be over obsequious • • • Main Entry: ↑scrape * * * behave in an obsequious way to someone in authority * * * bow and scrape : to treat someone who is… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bow and scrape — {v.} To be too polite or obedient from fear or hope of gain; act like a slave. * /The old servant bowed and scraped before them, too obedient and eager to please./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bow and scrape — {v.} To be too polite or obedient from fear or hope of gain; act like a slave. * /The old servant bowed and scraped before them, too obedient and eager to please./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bow and scrape — ► bow and scrape behave in an obsequious way. Main Entry: ↑bow …   English terms dictionary

  • bow and scrape — behave obsequiously. → bow …   English new terms dictionary

  • bow\ and\ scrape — v To be too polite or obedient from fear or hope of gain; act like a slave. The old servant bowed and scraped before them, too obedient and eager to please …   Словарь американских идиом

  • bow and scrape —    To say that someone is bowing and scraping means that they are being excessively polite or servile.     The President was greeted with much bowing and scraping …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • bow and scrape — to try too hard to please someone in a position of authority. It s embarrassing to see staff bowing and scraping to the new Prime Minister. (often in continuous tenses) …   New idioms dictionary

  • bow and scrape — idi to be excessively polite or deferential …   From formal English to slang

  • bow and scrape (to someone) — showing disapproval phrase to show too much respect for someone Thesaurus: to treat someone with excessive respectsynonym Main entry: bow …   Useful english dictionary