take a bow

Definition of take a bow

:to bow towards an audience that is applauding
  • When the play has finished, the actors will line up to take a bow.
often used figuratively to say that someone deserves to be praised
  • The people who organized the festival should take a bow for its remarkable success.

Word by Word Definitions

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

bow play
  1. : to cease from competition or resistance : submit, yield

  2. : to bend the head, body, or knee in reverence, submission, or shame

  3. : to incline the head or body in salutation or assent or to acknowledge applause

  1. : a bending of the head or body in respect, submission, assent, or salutation

  1. : something bent into a simple curve or arc

  2. : rainbow

  3. : a weapon that is used to propel an arrow and that is made of a strip of flexible material (such as wood) with a cord connecting the two ends and holding the strip bent

  1. : to bend into a curve

  2. : to play a stringed instrument with a bow (see 3bow 5a)

  3. : to cause to bend into a curve

  1. : the forward part of a ship

  2. : bowman:2


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