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Synonyms for kowtow
ˈkaʊˈtaʊ, -ˌtaʊ, ˈkoʊ-kow·tow

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  1. kowtow, kotowverb

    a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission


  2. scrape, kowtow, genuflectverb

    bend the knees and bow in a servile manner

    scrape up, truckle, scratch up, bootlick, fawn, come up, kotow, suck up, scrape, scratch, toady, grate, skin, genuflect

  3. fawn, toady, truckle, bootlick, kowtow, kotow, suck upverb

    try to gain favor by cringing or flattering

    "He is always kowtowing to his boss"

    soak up, sidle up, cower, cotton up, sop up, bootlick, fawn, cozy up, imbibe, crawl, draw, grovel, shine up, absorb, cringe, take up, truckle, take in, suck, play up, kotow, scrape, creep, genuflect, suck up, toady

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  1. Chris Murphy:

    Its time for Republicans and President Trump to decide whose side theyre on, are they going to stand with the 90 percentof Americans who want universal background checks, or are they going to once again kowtow to the desires of the gun lobby?

  2. Clarence Thomas:

    This is a circus. It's a national disgrace. And from my standpoint as a Black American, as far as I'm concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity Blacks, who in any way deign to think for themselves, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured, by a committee of the U.S. Senate rather than hung from a tree.

  3. Jim Dean:

    Clinton's economic policy speech reflects a very clear understanding that the Democratic Party and the vast majority of the American people want a president who will fight alongside … Elizabeth Warren and refuse to kowtow to wealthy and powerful interests on Wall Street.

  4. Mehmet Oz:

    That is really dangerous, because now, all of a sudden, everyone’s got to kowtow to one opinion.

  5. Mehmet Oz:

    When things didn't work out the way he wanted, he began to work with the media to silence people who are raising their hands and saying we can do a better job, that is really dangerous, because now, all of a sudden, everyone’s got to kowtow to one opinion.

Translations for kowtow

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  • ركع, تملق, سجدArabic
  • knien, zu Kreuze kriechen, KotauGerman
  • prosternarse, postrarseSpanish
  • خم شدنPersian
  • syvään, kumarrella, kumartaa, tehdä, kumarrus, nöyristelläFinnish
  • kowtow, se prosterner, s'agenouillerFrench
  • לְהִתְרַפֵּסHebrew
  • 叩頭, 叩頭く, 土下座Japanese
  • 머리를 조아리다, 고두Korean
  • buigen, aanpassen, kotau, zich, onderdanig, zijn, diep, knielen, buigingDutch
  • kowtowNorwegian
  • делать низкий поклон, преклоняться, коутоу, пресмыкаться, поклон, делать коутоу, раболепствоватьRussian
  • koutouSwedish
  • khúm núm, quỵ luỵ, quỳ lạy, khấu đầuVietnamese

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