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curtsy

verb [I] uk ( also curtsey)   /ˈkɜːt.si/ us    /ˈkɝːt-/
When a girl or woman curtsies, she bends quickly at the knees, with one foot in front of the other, often while holding her skirt, especially to show respect: She curtsied to the Queen.
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curtsy

noun [C] uk ( also curtsey)   /ˈkɜːt.si/ us    /ˈkɝːt-/
a movement in which a girl or woman bends quickly at the knees, with one foot in front of the other, especially to show respect: She gave a curtsy before presenting the flowers to the princess.
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