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Difference between Bow oneself out and Bow out

bow oneself outbow (to a superior) as one leaves the place:

  • The maids turned as one, saw their emperor and swiftly bowed themselves out of the room.

bow out

1. leave a party, a group of people, etc.:

  • Waving a hand absently, her mother dismissed Miss Jones, who quickly bowed out of the room.

2. give up a prominent position in politics, on the stage, etc.:

  • So Sir Harold bows out, at the end of a distinguished career in broadcasting.