bow (v.) Old form(s): bow'd
make to bend, cause to bend
Cor V.vi.25[Aufidius to Conspirators, of Coriolanus' flattery] to this end / He bowed his nature
H5 I.ii.14[King Henry to Canterbury] God forbid ... / That you should fashion, wrest, or bow your reading
Per IV.ii.83[Bawd to Marina] you're a ... sapling, and must be bowed as I would have you
TNK III.vi.226.1[Theseus to Emilia] Bow not my honour [i.e. break my oath and lose my honour]
TS II.i.150[Hortensio to Baptista, of Katherina] I did but tell her she mistook her frets, / And bowed her hand to teach her fingering
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