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[koh-tou, -tou] /ˈkoʊˈtaʊ, -ˌtaʊ/
verb (used without object), noun
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The smile returned to her face, and her body bent in a kind of kotow.

    Parrot & Co.

    Harold MacGrath
  • He next addressed a few kind words to Mr. Chang; and the two candidates, having made their kotow, went away together.

  • I believe if you asked me to do the Chinese kotow, and bend to the earth before you, I'd secretly be dying to do it.

    The Militants Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
  • It is a very pretty sight to see a young child enter the room and gravely perform the kotow to his father and mother.


    Sir Henry Arthur Blake
  • kotow; pour our millions into the bottomless purses of spendthrifts; give them our most beautiful women.

    The Voice in the Fog

    Harold MacGrath
  • Even in the midst of a mess like this we'll have to kotow to his rank or he'll probably be reporting us.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly
  • As soon as he saw me he fell down upon his knees and "kotow'd" to me, with every mark of the liveliest gratitude.

    An Australian in China George Ernest Morrison
  • A reception within the palace without the kotow could not even be discussed.

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