bow and scrape

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Definition of 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.

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“Bow and scrape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bow%20and%20scrape. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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