curry+favor

  • 1 curry favor — (with (someone)) to try to make someone like you or support you by doing or saying things to please them. The candidate has promised lower taxes in an attempt to curry favor with the voters. Etymology: from the literal meaning of curry (= to… …

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  • 2 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.… …

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  • 3 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 …

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  • 4 curry favor — {v.} To flatter or serve someone to get his help or friendship. * /Joe tried to curry favor with the new teacher by doing little services that she didn t really want./ * /Jim tried to curry favor with the new girl by telling her she was the… …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 5 curry favor — {v.} To flatter or serve someone to get his help or friendship. * /Joe tried to curry favor with the new teacher by doing little services that she didn t really want./ * /Jim tried to curry favor with the new girl by telling her she was the… …

    Dictionary of American idioms

  • 6 curry\ favor — v To flatter or serve someone to get his help or friendship. Joe tried to curry favor with the new teacher by doing little services that she didn t really want. Jim tried to curry favor with the new girl by telling her she was the prettiest girl… …

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  • 7 curry favor — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v. to try to win someone over through flattery. I was sickened by his attempts to curry favor with the governor. SYN.: flatter, fawn over, stroke, *kiss up to, *brownnose, *bootlick, praise, *fall all… …

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  • 8 curry favor — flatter someone to get his help or friendship He has been working hard to curry favor with the other members of the committee …

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

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  • 10 curry favor — v. apple polish; toady; win favor by complimenting somebody, gain favor by using flattery …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 11 curry favor — verb To seek to gain favor by flattery or attention …

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  • 12 curry favor — idi to seek to advance oneself through flattery or fawning …

    From formal English to slang

  • 13 curry favor with someone — curry favor (with (someone)) to try to make someone like you or support you by doing or saying things to please them. The candidate has promised lower taxes in an attempt to curry favor with the voters. Etymology: from the literal meaning of… …

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  • 14 curry favor with — curry favor (with (someone)) to try to make someone like you or support you by doing or saying things to please them. The candidate has promised lower taxes in an attempt to curry favor with the voters. Etymology: from the literal meaning of… …

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  • 15 curry favor with — courier n …

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  • 16 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.… …

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  • 17 To curry favor — Curry Cur ry (k?r r?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Curried} ( r?d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Currying}.] [OE. curraien, curreien, OF. cunreer, correier, to prepare, arrange, furnish, curry (a horse), F. corroyer to curry (leather) (cf. OF. conrei, conroi, order …

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  • 18 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) …

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  • 19 Curry — Cur ry (k?r r?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Curried} ( r?d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Currying}.] [OE. curraien, curreien, OF. cunreer, correier, to prepare, arrange, furnish, curry (a horse), F. corroyer to curry (leather) (cf. OF. conrei, conroi, order,… …

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  • 20 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. for… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English