touch the hem of someone's garment

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To give respect or reverence to someone; to express servitude to someone; to draw strength or comfort from someone who is superior.

Etymology:

  • An allusion to the Biblical tale of the woman who was cured of disease when she touched the hem of Christ's garment.
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Submitted on July 07, 2010

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