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"
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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
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"If I put an end to your enemy, will you bow down to me and obey me as King of the Forest?" inquired the Lion.
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
Eumaeus was frightened at the outcry they all raised, so he put the bow down then and there, but Telemachus shouted out at him from the other side of the cloisters, and threatened him saying, "Father Eumaeus, bring the bow on in spite of them, or young as I am I will pelt you with stones back to the country, for I am the better man of the two.
'Brother wolf, what bird is it that sings so well?' 'That is the King of birds,' said the wolf, 'before whom we must bow down.' In reality the bird was the willow-wren.
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.
When such men are only private individuals and before they get power, this is their character; they associate entirely with their own flatterers or ready tools; or if they want anything from anybody, they in their turn are equally ready to bow down before them: they profess every sort of affection for them; but when they have gained their point they know them no more.
Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan had directed all districts administration to observe the day in a befitting manner to convey a strong message to the world that Kashmiris will never bow down to Indian atrocities and dirty conspiracies.
Formed in 2013, the group is best known for songs such as Breaking Down, Bow Down, Scars, My Heart I Surrender, Stuck in Your Head, and a cover of Taylor Swift's Blank Space.
Aurangzeb added: 'The 'selected prime minister' can't force his opponents to bow down before him by maligning them.'
The bill drew flak from every section of society and the ruling party was compelled to bow down. Media personnel have been demanding the withdrawal of the provision allowing the Council to fine media outlets and journalist, publishers and editors up to Rs one million if they are found guilty.