curry favor with (one)

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curry favor with (one)

To ingratiate oneself to someone Flattery won't work; the only way of currying favor with him is through hard work.
See also: curry, favor

curry favor with someone

to try to win favor from someone. The lawyer tried to curry favor with the judge. It's silly to curry favor with the boss. Just act yourself.
See also: curry, favor
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Other people would say so, and would allege that he was currying favor with Bulstrode for the sake of making himself important and getting on in the world.
He was as selfish as they, probably more so, he conceded, but he hoped he would never reach the point of currying favor with anyone, even God.
Critics said Christie vetoed the bill because he wants to be president and was currying favor with the powerful pork industry in Iowa, which holds the first presidential nominating contest.
We talked about that (Sunday) morning, about currying favor with the officials, rather than exacerbating our position, which we've been doing lately,'' Jackson said, ``and on the road, you really don't want to do that, because they're human, somewhat, and they will make retaliatory (calls) in response to that.
Hillary Clinton has been accused of currying favor with Jewish voters by supporting an undivided Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Loans issued at below-market rates created a brisk business in currying favor with central bankers.
Judging from reviews of the politically advantageous titles Murdoch has seen fit to print, currying favor with readers is not as high a priority.
Using the advantages of incumbency, of currying favor with corporations and unions through awarding billions of dollars worth of contracts and of the campaign financing such favor can easily drum up, ``you can build your own little fiefdom, and the other supervisors won't generally interfere,'' Skinnell said.
Administrators spent more time attending meetings and currying favor with the press than finding out whether their programs were doing what they should.