bow and scrape


: 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.

Examples of bow and scrape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Others show up every weekend, in a different freaking costume, ready to bow and scrape to me and play the part. Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun, 18 Sep. 2023 At the same time, Trump has opened up new avenues for fundraising—but only for Republicans willing to bow and scrape before him. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 7 Apr. 2021

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“Bow and scrape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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