Meaning of curry favour in English:

curry favour


  • Ingratiate oneself with someone through obsequious behaviour.

    ‘a wimpish attempt to curry favour with the new bosses’
    • ‘But for the man still in the post, the players have to place demands on themselves and not be overly concerned about doing the outgoing coach a favour or currying favour with his eventual replacement.’
    • ‘Conversely, but equally false, is the image of a toady who curries favor from higher-ups or someone who twists self-sacrifice into a self-serving art form.’
    • ‘The frenzy to pass as many Section 140 motions as possible in advance of the June 11 elections is all about currying favour with voters.’
    • ‘I've got to start currying favour with him pronto.’
    • ‘In the name of promoting sales through currying favour with the right people, some business people throw lavish dinners.’
    • ‘It just strikes me as currying favour again in a specific kind of way.’
    • ‘That pair are gearing up for their own preselections and currying favour with the party faithful.’
    • ‘Young chefs at Oakbank School have been currying favour with teachers to raise cash for charity.’
    • ‘In addition, exorbitant spending aimed at currying favor with buyers or government officials has naturally brought about the rapid growth of the pleasure-seeking industry and the underground economy.’
    • ‘Of course, Lance has never been one to curry the favor of critics.’
    blandishments, honeyed words, smooth talk, soft words, flattery, cajolery, coaxing, wheedling, compliments


    Alteration of Middle English curry favel, from the name (Favel or Fauvel) of a chestnut horse in a 14th-century French romance who became a symbol of cunning and duplicity; hence ‘to curry (or groom) Favel’ meant to use the cunning which he personified.

    Video: a look at curry favour