bow down


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Verb1.bow down - get into a prostrate position, as in submission
lie down, lie - assume a reclining position; "lie down on the bed until you feel better"
2.bow down - bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head; "He bowed before the King"; "She bowed her head in shame"
conge, congee - perform a ceremonious bow
gesticulate, gesture, motion - show, express or direct through movement; "He gestured his desire to leave"
Translations

w>bow down

vi (lit)sich beugen or neigen; to bow down to or before somebody (fig)sich jdm beugen
vt sep bowed down with snow/caresschneebeladen/mit Sorgen beladen
References in classic literature ?
If I put an end to your enemy, will you bow down to me and obey me as King of the Forest?
We live in freedom, but you bow down to and slave for men, who in return for your services flog you with whips and put collars on your necks.
Michael,' he says, 'come here and bow down to his feet; and you, young woman, you bow down too; and you, grandchildren, also bow down before him
On this he put the bow down, letting it lean against the door
That is the King of birds,' said the wolf, 'before whom we must bow down.
The ceremony made use of at the reception of a stranger is somewhat unusual; as soon as he enters, all the courtiers strike him with their cudgels till he goes back to the door; the amity then subsisting between us did not secure me from this uncouth reception, which they told me, upon my demanding the reason of it, was to show those whom they treated with that they were the bravest people in the world, and that all other nations ought to bow down before them.
As Queequeg's Ramadan, or Fasting and Humiliation, was to continue all day, I did not choose to disturb him till towards night-fall; for I cherish the greatest respect towards everybody's religious obligations, never mind how comical, and could not find it in my heart to undervalue even a congregation of ants worshipping a toad-stool; or those other creatures in certain parts of our earth, who with a degree of footmanism quite unprecedented in other planets, bow down before the torso of a deceased landed proprietor merely on account of the inordinate possessions yet owned and rented in his name.
still to the commoner, always to the commoner) pa- tience, meanness of spirit, non-resistance under op- pression; and she introduced heritable ranks and aristocracies, and taught all the Christian populations of the earth to bow down to them and worship them.
I do not speak of such women, Pellisson, I speak of a noble and beautiful creature who joins to the intelligence and wit of her sex the valor and coolness of ours; I speak of a woman, handsome enough to make the walls of a prison bow down to salute her, discreet enough to let no one suspect by whom she has been sent.
But they must be sorry folk to bow down to the rich in such a fashion," said big John.
I'll tell you why you came here myself: you see, I don't give you your wages, you are so proud you don't want to bow down and ask for it, and so you come to punish me with your stupid stares, to worry me and you have no sus.
There would be a fleeting glimpse of the three men flinging water in frantic haste, when she would topple over and fall into the yawning valley, bow down and showing her full inside length to the stern upreared almost directly above the bow.