One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘they kowtow to her in awe and reverence’
prostrate oneself, bow, bow down before, genuflect, do obeisance, make obeisance, fall on one's knees before, get down on one's knees before, kneel before
salaam, throw oneself at someone's feet, fall down before someone, curtsy, bow and scrape
pay homage, show reverence, show deference, humble oneself before someone, worship
2‘she didn't have to kowtow to a boss’
grovel, behave obsequiously, be obsequious, be servile, be sycophantic, fawn on, bow and scrape, toady, truckle, abase oneself, humble oneself, prostrate oneself
curry favour with, flatter, court, woo, dance attendance on, make up to, play up to, ingratiate oneself with
informal crawl, creep, suck up to, brown-nose, butter up, be all over, fall all over, lick someone's boots
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