“Currying favor” with someone means trying to ingratiate oneself by fawning over that person: “The ambassador curried favor with the dictator by praising his construction projects.”
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How to use curry favor in a sentence
Thirty-six percent were in favor and 38 percent were opposed.
Finally, he takes us behind the scenes into how Obama came out in favor of marriage equality that same year.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality|E.J. Graff|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So, why would a species like the banded mongoose favor breeding between relatives?Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family|Helen Thompson|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Were the smugglers doing you a favor making it nearly impossible to bring any hope?The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This has won the Cuban rum no fans in Washington, which has shown favor for Bacardi in the past.
At the reserve bank they may borrow as a standing right and not as a favor which may be cut off.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
His boyish suspenders had been put away in favor of a belt, which was tight-drawn about his slim waist.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Factors which favor an early deposit are high acidity, diminished urinary pigments, and excessive excretion of uric acid.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
Edna was a trifle embarrassed at being thus signaled out for the imperious little woman's favor.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
The situation may be altogether in favor of the employer or altogether in favor of the men, or may occupy a middle ground.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
Other Idioms and Phrases with curry favor
Seek gain or advancement by fawning or flattery, as in Edith was famous for currying favor with her teachers. This expression originally came from the Old French estriller fauvel, “curry the fallow horse,” a beast that in a 14th-century allegory stood for duplicity and cunning. It came into English about 1400 as curry favel—that is, curry (groom with a currycomb) the animal—and in the 1500s became the present term.