bow and scrape

Definition of bow and scrape

  1. :  to treat someone who is powerful or wealthy in an extremely respectful way especially in order to get approval, friendship, etc. <She's disgusted by politicians who bow and scrape before wealthy contributors.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to cease from competition or resistance :  submit, yield

    :  to suffer defeat

    :  to bend the head, body, or knee in reverence, submission, or shame

  1. :  a bending of the head or body in respect, submission, assent, or salutation

    :  a show of respect or submission

  1. :  something bent into a simple curve or arc

    :  rainbow

    :  a weapon that is used to propel an arrow and that is made of a strip of flexible material (as wood) with a cord connecting the two ends and holding the strip bent

  1. :  to bend into a curve

    :  to play a stringed instrument with a bow (see 3bow 5a)

    :  to cause to bend into a curve

  1. :  bowman

scrapeplay
  1. :  to remove from a surface by usually repeated strokes of an edged instrument

    :  to make (a surface) smooth or clean with strokes of an edged instrument or an abrasive

    :  to grate harshly over or against

  1. :  the act or process of scraping

    :  a sound made by scraping

    :  a mark or injury caused by scraping :  abrasion


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