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Examples of kowtow in a Sentence
you can try kowtowing to the boss, but he'll see right through you
Recent Examples of kowtow from the Web
In fact, the PML-N, like the opposition, is keener to kowtow to the army than to defend media freedom.
Shortly after the Parkland shooting, President Trump expressed support for gun restrictions opposed by the N.R.A., scolding fellow Republicans for kowtowing to the group.
Much of the political talk was focused on how to effect change in the decades-long stalemate over proposals to tighten gun laws and in a burning desire to elect candidates who won’t kowtow to the gun-rights lobby.
With Mexico heading into a July presidential election, any action by Peña Nieto that could be seen as kowtowing to Trump or buckling under American pressure risks damaging the prospects for his Institutional Revolutionary Party.
With Mexico heading into a July presidential election, any action by Peña Nieto that could be seen as kowtowing to Trump or buckling under U.S. pressure risks damaging the prospects for his Institutional Revolutionary Party.
Forgive us for being excited that there is finally a movie that caters to our sensibilities without kowtowing to the notion of a white savior.
The protesters gathered outside the grand neo-classical presidential palace in Warsaw on a freezing Monday evening had a clear message for Andrzej Duda: don’t kowtow to Jews.
Like Macartney, Mrs May would prefer to get all this without kowtowing.
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curry favor, kiss up to;
Origin and Etymology of kowtow
First Known Use: 1804See Words from the same year
KOWTOW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of kowtow for English Language Learners
: to agree too easily or eagerly to do what someone else wants you to do : to obey someone with power in a way that seems weak
KOWTOW Defined for Kids
Definition of kowtow for Students
- "… don't expect me to kowtow to you, mortal, just because old Barnacle-Beard is your father."
- —Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief
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