Showing extreme deference or submission to someone.
The word kowtow comes from the chinese word "koutou" which means to kneel and knock the head on the ground as a sign of respect and submission. it is used to describe the act of showing extreme deference or submission to someone.
- He refused to kowtow to the company's demands, standing up for what he believed in.
- She felt that kowtowing to her boss would not bring her the respect she deserved.
- The company had to kowtow to the demands of the government in order to operate in the country.
- He didn"t want to kowtow to the new management"s policies and resigned from his position.
- She had to kowtow to her boss in order to keep her job, even though it went against her principles.