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    pay court to somebody

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    Bob Fleetwood was apparently paying court to Patricia.

    Pay court to somebody = pay attention to somebody = pay one’s addresses to somebody = make court to somebody

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regard,

    V

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    Re: pay court to somebody

    Paying court means to "ask for" or "request for" something to someone.

    I found this example. May be this would help:

    If you want to win the daughter, you'll have to pay court to her mother

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    Re: pay court to somebody

    That usage is OK, but the much more common meaning - today - is 'make advances towards a woman with a view to marriage [with [I]that[/I woman!]'

    b.

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