To curry favel
favel \fa"vel\, n. A horse of a favel or dun color. [1913 Webster]

{To curry favel}. See {To curry favor}, under {Favor}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • To curry favor — favor fa vor (f[=a] v[ e]r), n. [Written also favour.] [OF. favor, F. faveur, L. favor, fr. favere to be favorable, cf. Skr. bh[=a]vaya to further, foster, causative of bh[=u] to become, be. Cf. {Be}. In the phrase to curry favor, favor is prob.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • favel — fa vel, n. A horse of a favel or dun color. [1913 Webster] {To curry favel}. See {To curry favor}, under {Favor}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curry favor — (v.) early 16c., altered by folk etymology from curry favel (c.1400) from O.Fr. correier fauvel to be false, hypocritical, lit. to curry the chestnut horse, which in medieval French allegories was a symbol of cunning and deceit. See CURRY (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • curry favor — verb seek favor by fawning or flattery This employee is currying favor with his superordinates • Syn: ↑curry favour, ↑court favor, ↑court favour • Hypernyms: ↑fawn, ↑toady, ↑truckle …   Useful english dictionary

  • curry — curry1 noun (plural curries) a dish of meat, vegetables, etc., cooked in an Indian style sauce of strong spices. verb (curries, currying, curried) [usu. as adjective curried] prepare or flavour with such a sauce. Origin C16: from Tamil kaṟi.… …   English new terms dictionary

  • curry — cur|ry1 [ˈkʌri US ˈkə:ri] n plural curries [U and C] [Date: 1500 1600; : Tamil; Origin: kari] a type of food from India, consisting of meat or vegetables in a spicy sauce ▪ chicken curry curry 2 curry2 v past tense and past participle curried… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • curry favour — verb seek favor by fawning or flattery This employee is currying favor with his superordinates • Syn: ↑curry favor, ↑court favor, ↑court favour • Hypernyms: ↑fawn, ↑toady, ↑truckle …   Useful english dictionary

  • curry favor — phrasal Etymology: Middle English currayen favel to curry a chestnut horse to seek to gain favor by flattery or attention …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • curry — curry1 [kʉr′ē] vt. curried, currying [ME curraien < OFr correier, conreder, to put in order < VL * corredare < L com , with + red , base appearing in * arredare: for IE base see RIDE] 1. to use a curry comb 2. to prepare (tanned leather) …   English World dictionary

  • curry favour — ► curry favour ingratiate oneself through obsequious behaviour. [ORIGIN: from the name (Favel) of a horse in a medieval French romance who became a symbol of cunning and duplicity; hence ‘to rub down Favel’ meant to use cunning.] Main Entry:… …   English terms dictionary

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