bow and scrape
Behave obsequiously or too deferentially, as in In this fashionable store, the salespersons virtually bow and scrape before customers. This term alludes to the old-fashioned custom of bowing so deeply that one's foot draws back and scrapes the ground. A cliché for a century or more, it may be dying out. [Mid-1600s]
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And with another bow the man from Paris drew himself erect, turned on his heel, and went jingling and creaking from the room.
To the invitation to precede him she readily responded, and, with a bow to the Seneschal, she began to walk across the apartment.