Definition of pay court to in US English:

pay court to

phrase

  • Pay flattering attention to someone in order to win favor.

    • ‘He does not tell the women he pays court to in England about his forlorn Irish sweetheart.’
    • ‘He paid court to numbers of well educated and potentially well set-up women many years his junior - sometimes to the horror of their parents.’
    • ‘Quirinius prudently paid court to Tiberius on Rhodes, succeeded Marcus Lollius as supervisor of Gaius Caesar, and shortly after married Aemilia Lepida, a descendant of Sulla and Pompey.’
    • ‘Meanwhile he is paying court to Isabelle over the weekend, hoping to carve out his own share of her family's fortune.’
    • ‘Otherwise, I should think I were paying court to a veritable shrew.’
    • ‘Like so many others, he paid court to her and would've done anything she asked - which includes getting the drugs she needed to sustain her addiction.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, he does observe that some British leaders ‘procured the friendship of Caesar Augustus by sending embassies, and by paying court to him’.’
    • ‘Voltaire learnt from this mistake, and preferred to pay court to the other great enlightened despot of the age, Catherine II of Russia, from a safe distance and only in writing.’
    • ‘How could Alicia be attracted to that scar-faced, silent, sullen boy when a man of his calibre was paying court to her?’
    • ‘I was meaning to ask you if he already began paying court to you.’
    homage, deference, obedience, suit, courtship, blandishments, respects, attention, addresses
    woo, go out with, be involved with, be romantically linked with, pursue, run after, chase, seek the company of, make advances to, make up to, flirt with
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