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To move or act in an abjectly servile manner
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  1. To move or act in an abjectly servile manner
  2. To move slowly on the hands and knees or by dragging the body along the ground; creep:
  3. To be or feel as if swarming or covered with moving things:
To behave in a servile way; fawn.
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  1. To behave in a servile way; fawn.
  2. To draw back, bend, crouch, etc., as when afraid; shrink from something dangerous or painful
  3. To act in a timid, servile manner; fawn
To try to gain favor by acting servilely; cringe and flatter
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  1. To try to gain favor by acting servilely; cringe and flatter
  2. To show friendliness by licking hands, wagging its tail, etc.
  3. To exhibit affection or attempt to please, as a dog does by wagging its tail, whining, or cringing.
To plead with someone for help, a favor, etc.; to entreat
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  1. To plead with someone for help, a favor, etc.; to entreat
  2. To take for granted without proof:
  3. (Intransitive) to request the help of someone, often in the form of money
To go or move in a quiet, stealthy way.
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  1. To go or move in a quiet, stealthy way.
  2. To move quietly and stealthily so as to avoid being seen or heard; go furtively
  3. To move, give, take, or put in a quiet, stealthy manner:
To carry the head and shoulders or the upper part of the body habitually bent forward
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  1. To carry the head and shoulders or the upper part of the body habitually bent forward
  2. To stand or walk, especially habitually, with the head and upper back bent forward.
  3. To bend forward and down from the waist or the middle of the back:
To rest on a knee or the knees
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  1. To rest on a knee or the knees
  2. To go down or rest on one or both knees.
To be servile or submissive.
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  1. To be servile or submissive.
  2. To be servile; cringe, submit, toady, etc.
To perform a kowtow
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  1. To perform a kowtow
  2. To show servile respect (to)
  3. To kneel and touch the forehead to the ground in expression of deep respect, worship, or submission, as formerly done in China.
To beg for urgently:
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  1. To beg for urgently:
  2. To ask or beg (a person) to do something; entreat
  3. To appeal to in supplication; beseech:
To be a toady (to); flatter
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  1. To be a toady (to); flatter
  2. (Intransitive, construed with to) To behave like a toady (to someone).
To use a sponge on so as to dampen, wipe clean, etc.
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  1. To use a sponge on so as to dampen, wipe clean, etc.
  2. The light, fibrous, flexible, absorbent skeleton of certain of these organisms, used for bathing, cleaning, and other purposes.
  3. Any of numerous aquatic, chiefly marine invertebrate animals of the phylum Porifera. Sponges characteristically have a porous skeleton, usually containing an intricate system of canals, that is composed of fibrous material or siliceous or calcareous spicules. Water passing through the pores brings food to the organism. Sponges live in all depths of the sea, are sessile, and often form irregularly shaped colonies attached to an underwater surface. Sponges are considered the most primitive members of the animal kingdom, since they lack a nervous system and differentiated body tissues or organs. Adults do not have moving parts, but the larvae are free-swimming. Sponges have great regenerative capacities, with some species able to regenerate a complete adult organism from fragments as small as a single cell. Sponges first appear during the early Cambrian Period and may have evolved from protozoa.
To crouch or huddle up, as from fear or cold
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  1. To crouch or huddle up, as from fear or cold
  2. To shrink and tremble, as from someone's anger, threats, or blows; cringe
  3. To cringe in fear.
To have mucus running from the nose
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  1. To have mucus running from the nose
  2. To sniff repeatedly, as from a head cold, crying, etc.; sniffle
  3. To complain or whine tearfully.
To ask (someone) earnestly; entreat; implore
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  1. To ask (someone) earnestly; entreat; implore
  2. To address an earnest or urgent request to; implore:
  3. To request earnestly; beg for:
To use flattery or cajolery to achieve one's ends.
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  1. To use flattery or cajolery to achieve one's ends.
  2. To obtain through the use of flattery or guile:
  3. To influence or persuade (a person) by flattery, soothing words, coaxing, etc.
To coax by flattery or wheedling; cajole.
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  1. To coax by flattery or wheedling; cajole.
  2. To flatter or coax in persuading; cajole
To praise too much, untruly, or insincerely, as in order to win favor
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  1. To praise too much, untruly, or insincerely, as in order to win favor
  2. To portray favorably:
  3. To compliment excessively and often insincerely, especially in order to win favor.
To comply with the wishes or ideas of (another) in order to keep that person satisfied or unaware of criticism; indulge:
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  1. To comply with the wishes or ideas of (another) in order to keep that person satisfied or unaware of criticism; indulge:
  2. To act in agreement with the nature of; adapt oneself to
  3. One of the four fluids of the body—blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile—whose relative proportions were thought in ancient and medieval medicine to determine general health and character.
(Obs.) To feed too much; gratify to excess; glut
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  1. (Obs.) To feed too much; gratify to excess; glut
  2. To be overindulgent with; give in easily to the wishes of; coddle
  3. To give in to; gratify:
To pay respectful or flattering attention to (a person) in order to get something
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  1. To pay respectful or flattering attention to (a person) in order to get something
  2. To try to gain the love or affections of, especially to seek to marry.
  3. To behave so as to invite or incur:
To equal in action; to fulfill in practice.
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  1. To equal in action; to fulfill in practice.
To lay low; overcome; exhaust or subjugate
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  1. To lay low; overcome; exhaust or subjugate
  2. Growing flat along the ground. Creeping jenny, pennyroyal, and many species of ivy have a prostrate growth habit.
  3. To throw or put in a prostrate position; lay flat on the ground
To show reverence.
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  1. To show reverence.
  2. To consider or treat with profound awe and respect; venerate:
  3. To treat or regard with reverence; venerate
(Idiomatic, intransitive) to admit one's faults; to make a humiliating apology
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  1. (Idiomatic, intransitive) to admit one's faults; to make a humiliating apology
Alternative spelling of soft-soap.
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  1. Alternative spelling of soft-soap.
  2. To attempt to persuade by flattery or pleasing words.
  3. To flatter in order to gain something; cajole.
(Idiomatic) To flatter, especially with the intent of personal gain.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To flatter, especially with the intent of personal gain.
(Intransitive, idiomatic) To yield or cooperate when pressured or forced to do so.
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  1. (Intransitive, idiomatic) To yield or cooperate when pressured or forced to do so.
Alternative spelling of brownnose.
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  1. Alternative spelling of brownnose.
  2. To seek favor or approval from (someone) by obsequious behavior; fawn (on)
(Idiomatic) To pay false flattery to; to flatter in excess.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To pay false flattery to; to flatter in excess.
To seek favor from by fawning, servile behavior.
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  1. To seek favor from by fawning, servile behavior.
  2. To behave like a sycophant toward (someone) or behave like a sycophant.
  3. (Informal) To try to gain favor with (someone) by fawning, servility, etc.
To draw back, bend, crouch, etc., as when afraid; shrink from something dangerous or painful
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  1. To draw back, bend, crouch, etc., as when afraid; shrink from something dangerous or painful
  2. To act in a timid, servile manner; fawn
  3. To behave in a servile way; fawn.
(Intransitive, of a dog) To wag its tail, to show devotion.
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  1. (Intransitive, of a dog) To wag its tail, to show devotion.
  2. To show affection in a solicitous or exaggerated way
  3. To exhibit affection or attempt to please, as a dog does by wagging its tail, whining, or cringing.
To perform a kowtow
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  1. To perform a kowtow
  2. To show servile respect (to)
  3. To kneel and touch the forehead to the ground in expression of deep respect, worship, or submission, as formerly done in China.
To let saliva run or dribble from the mouth; drool
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  1. To let saliva run or dribble from the mouth; drool
  2. (Archaic) To slobber on or cover with saliva
  3. To behave in an obsequious manner.
To be a toady (to); flatter
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  1. To be a toady (to); flatter
  2. (Intransitive, construed with to) To behave like a toady (to someone).
To be servile or submissive.
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  1. To be servile or submissive.
  2. To be servile; cringe, submit, toady, etc.
(US) To attempt to obtain favors, especially by flattery; to toady or fawn
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  1. (US) To attempt to obtain favors, especially by flattery; to toady or fawn
To curry favor with in an obsequious manner; fawn on.
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  1. To curry favor with in an obsequious manner; fawn on.
To get on with someone or something; to have a good relationship with someone.
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  1. To get on with someone or something; to have a good relationship with someone.
  2. To come to understand. Often used with to or onto :
  3. To take a liking; attempt to be friendly:
Find another word for grovel. In this page you can discover 65 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for grovel, like: crawl, cringe, fawn, fawn upon, beg, sneak, stoop, kneel, crouch before, truckle and kowtow.