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bow and scrape

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The surrender of life is nothing to sinking down into acknowledgment of inferiority.
John C. Calhoun
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Pronunciation

  • IPA: /'baʊəndskreɪp/

Verb

Infinitive
to bow and scrape

Third person singular
bows and scrapes

Simple past
bowed and scraped

Past participle
-

Present participle
bowing and scraping

to bow and scrape (third-person singular simple present bows and scrapes, present participle bowing and scraping, simple past and past participle bowed and scraped)
  1. to make a deep bow with the right leg drawn back (thus scraping the floor), left hand pressed across the abdomen, right arm held aside.
  2. (figuratively) to show excessive politeness or servility.

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