"cow down" = bow down

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Aug 27 19:41:34 UTC 2009

On Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 3:37 PM, Alison Murie wrote:
> Quentin Tarantino, in an interview with Terry Gross (free paraphrase):
> ....."she was the only one that didn't cow down to Goebbels."
> Confusion with "cower," I suppose.

Probably some influence from "kowtow" in there too.

--Ben Zimmer

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