Ingratiate oneself with someone through obsequious behaviour: a wimpish attempt to curry favour with the new bosses
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
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- 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.
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