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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