- [noun] a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission
- [verb] bend the knees and bow in a servile manner
Synonyms: scrape, genuflect
- [verb] try to gain favor by cringing or flattering; "He is always kowtowing to his boss"
Synonyms: fawn, toady, truckle, bootlick, kotow, suck up
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