- The act of kowtowing.
Etymology: From Cantonese (Chin.) åé / åå (kau3 tau4), kau3 "knock" + tau4 "head".
- (intransitive) To kneel and bow low enough to touch one"s forehead to the ground.
- (intransitive) To bow very deeply.
- (context, intransitive, figurative) To act in a very submissive manner.
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