pay court to

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of pay court to

formal + old-fashioned
: to give a lot of attention to (someone) in order to get approval, affection, etc.
  • He does not approve of the young man who has been paying court to his daughter.

Word by Word Definitions

pay play
  1. : to make due return to for services rendered or property delivered

  2. : to engage for money : hire

  3. : to give in return for goods or service

  1. : something paid for a purpose and especially as a salary or wage : remuneration

  2. : the act or fact of paying or being paid

  3. : the status of being paid by an employer : employ

  1. : containing or leading to something precious or valuable

  2. : equipped with a coin slot for receiving a fee for use

  3. : requiring payment

  1. : to coat with a waterproof composition

court play
  1. : the residence or establishment of a sovereign or similar dignitary

  2. : a sovereign's formal assembly of councillors and officers

  3. : the sovereign and officers and advisers who are the governing power

  1. : to seek to gain or achieve

  2. : allure, tempt

  3. : to act so as to invite or provoke


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