To stand on compliment
Compliment Com"pli*ment, n. [F. compliment. It complimento, fr. comlire to compliment, finish, suit, fr. L. complere to fill up. See {Complete}, and cf. {Complement}.] An expression, by word or act, of approbation, regard, confidence, civility, or admiration; a flattering speech or attention; a ceremonious greeting; as, to send one's compliments to a friend. [1913 Webster]

Tedious waste of time, to sit and hear So many hollow compliments and lies. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Many a compliment politely penned. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

{To make one a compliment}, to show one respect; to praise one in a flattering way. --Locke.

{To make one's compliments to}, to offer formal courtesies to.

{To stand on compliment}, to treat with ceremony.

Syn: See {Adulation}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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