Definition of do someone a favour in English:

do someone a favour

1Do something for someone as an act of kindness: he did us a big favour by postponing his departure for a couple of weeks
More example sentences
  • They act like they're perfect and they're doing you a favour by even talking to you.
  • He's probably doing you a favor by taking the job on.
  • We have to win both our games and rely on other teams doing us a favour.
1.1 (do me a favour) [in imperative] British informal Used to express brusque dismissal of a remark: ‘Are you some kind of social worker?’ ‘Do me a favour!’
More example sentences
  • Festival of freedom? Do me a favour.
  • £56 a night for a doss house? Do me a favour.
  • Oh, and we're supposed to respect them, as well. Do me a favour!
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