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

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