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.
More definitions of curry favourDefinition of curry favour in:
- The US English dictionary