One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Send or express formal greetings.‘a gentleman stopped, eager to pay his compliments’
- ‘A sizable crowd turned out in glorious weather conditions to pay their compliments to the small band of volunteers who had seen the six-year project bear fruit.’
- ‘When the gun carriage itself comes past we will present arms to pay our compliments to the Queen Mother and other members of the Royal Family travelling behind the coffin.’
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