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1.
From the Chinese. To grovel, or pay obeisance to.
If you don't kowtow to the boss, you'll be out of a job.
by Rod Brock May 14, 2006
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To bow deeply with one's head touching the ground. This act of respect is mostly done out of fear, the fear of death or torture. If the situation is tense, it is best to kowtow, and try to gain the smile of the Queen.
Please kowtow to the Leprechaun Queen, or she will promtly send you to the cookie dungeon and kill you. Have fun!
by Queen Bloristuter May 04, 2008
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3.
Inspired by the Chinese tradition of kow-towing before the Emperor, the kow-tow move was invented on the East Coast and involves first bending backwards and then forwards with your arms bent at the elbows and parallel to your body (much like when the police tell you to "put your hands in the air").
Teach me how to kow-tow, teach me, teach me how to kow-tow.
by Mr. TbabyLazLaz October 17, 2010
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To bow deeply with one's head touching the ground. This act of respect is mostly done out of fear, the fear of death or torture. If the situation is tense, it is best to kowtow, and try to gain the smile of the Queen.
Please kowtow to the Leprechaun Queen, or she will promtly send you to the cookie dungeon and kill you. Have fun!
by Queen Bloristuter May 03, 2008
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5.
To give in to, to submit to even though you are right and they are wrong. Not standing up for your rights.
Next time that bully threatens to whip your ass if you don't give him your lunch money, don't kow-tow(s) to him. Make him fight you for it.
by Tenderheart7x77 July 29, 2009
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