Touch-the-hem-of-someone-s-garment definition

(idiomatic) To give respect or reverence to someone; to express servitude to someone; to draw strength or comfort from someone who is superior.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of touch-the-hem-of-someone-s-garment - kiss-someone-s-hem, kiss-the-hem-of-someone-s-garment, touch-someone-s-hem, touch-someone-s-robe, touch-the-hem-of-someone-s-robe

Origin of touch-the-hem-of-someone-s-garment

  • An allusion to the Biblical tale (Matthew 9:20) of the woman who was cured of disease when she touched the hem of Christ's garment.

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