If President Obama wants to kowtow more to "the markets" (Wall Street), he might appoint someone like Summers or Rubin.
He likes to remind people that he supports abortion rights and does not kowtow to the fire-breathers in the Republican ranks.
And, of course, all these people had to kowtow and sell to Saatchi.
Want nothing better than to curtsy and kowtow when I flung out a gracious order?
Li stood there behind her and made a sign to us to kowtow to her.
No matter how servile he may be at home, everyone will kowtow to him abroad.
We had to kowtow again in thanking Her Majesty for her kindness and finally she said: "Nemen tzowba" (you can go now).
And yet he did not move—he made no movement save to kowtow for mercy with his head.
I think it is perfectly frightful the way we bow down and kowtow to your beast—the great god Cash!
It shows what a nice disposition you have, to come to me to-day, after the way my nephew made me kowtow to you yesterday.
also kow-tow, 1804, from Chinese k'o-t'ou custom of touching the ground with the forehead to show respect or submission, literally "knock the head," from k'o "knock, bump" + t'ou "head." The verb in the figurative sense of "act in an obsequious manner" is from 1826. Related: Kowtowed; kowtowing.