pay one's respects

idiom

Definition of pay one's respects

formal
: to visit or speak with someone in a polite way as a sign of respect I went up to her after the meeting and paid my respects.

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“Pay one's respects.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pay%20one%27s%20respects. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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