Meaning of “bow and scrape” in the English Dictionary

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"bow and scrape" in British English

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bow and scrape


to show too much politeness or attention to someone:

It's embarrassing to see people bowing and scraping to the new CEO.

(Definition of “bow and scrape” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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