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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Kowtow \Kow*tow"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kowtowed; p. pr. & vb.
To perform the kowtow. Same as Kotow
I have salaamed and kowtowed to him. --H. James.
2. To defer to another in a servile or humiliating manner; to