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    make one's bow,does it mean to begin (like make one's debut) or to quit? or both.

    eg,

    Our dictionary will make its bow in the spring.

    I shall make my bow and go home,I'm very tired.

    Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: make one's bow

    Quote Originally Posted by forch
    make one's bow,does it mean to begin (like make one's debut) or to quit? or both.
    eg,
    Our dictionary will make its bow in the spring.
    I shall make my bow and go home,I'm very tired.
    Thank you very much.
    "Bow in" means to make a debut.
    "Bow out" (like an actor taking a curtain call) means to quit.

    "make a bow" is ambiguous. It could be used for either. "Bow out" is more common though I feel.

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