(USED WITHOUT OBJECT)
to act in an obsequious manner; show servile deference.
to touch the forehead to the ground while kneeling, as an act of worship, reverence, apology, etc., especially in former Chinese custom.
Kowtow, which is borrowed from kau tau in Cantonese (koutou in Mandarin
Chinese), is the act of deep respect shown by prostration, that is, kneeling and ...
intr.v. kow·towed, kow·tow·ing, kow·tows. 1. To kneel and touch the forehead to
the ground in expression of deep respect, worship, or submission, as formerly ...
You can tow a cow to water, but you can't make it drink. But the word that means
bowing worshipfully before someone comes from the Chinese words for ...
kow·towedkow·tow·ing. : to obey a person in a position of power in a way that
seems weak : show overly respectful attention <"… don't expect me to kowtow to
Oct 12, 2009 ... First I read a blog that began by complaining that a highly-placed politician was
cow towing to foreign interests. Most recently Beth had an ...
Kotow, cowtow, cow tow, kow-tow, and kow tow have been pushed out by the
now standard form. Like other long-established loanwords, kowtow does not
Oct 15, 2007 ... I don't expect other countries to cow-tow to my English, we should NOT cow-tow
to their language and desires to not bother to learn our ...
Aug 29, 2013 ... cowtow/kowtow. You can tow a cow to water, but you can't make it drink. But the
word that means bowing worshipfully before someone comes ...
Jul 6, 2013 ... The farmer who wouldn't cow-tow: Rather than supply supermarkets and face
financial ruin, Steve Hook has developed a market for 'raw' milks.