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in favor (with someone)

Highly regarded (by someone); widely accepted or enjoyed (by someone). Primarily heard in US. John had been in favor with his boss ever since he managed to secure that lucrative client. Though many were skeptical of its success, the sequel is largely in favor with the devoted fanbase. The new fashion has been in favor for a few weeks now.
See also: favor

fortune favors the bold

Courageous action is often rewarded. The phrase encourages people to do what scares them. A variation is "fortune favors the brave." I know you're nervous about asking for a raise, but keep in mind that fortune favors the bold—you'll never get anything if you don't ask for it. I decided to ask out the most popular girl in school because fortune favors the bold, right?
See also: bold, favor, fortune

curry favour

to try to make someone like you or support you by doing things to please them (usually + with ) The government has promised lower taxes in an attempt to curry favour with the voters.
See also: curry, favour

do yourself a favour

  (British & Australian) also do yourself a favor (American & Australian)
something that you say when you are advising someone to do something which will have a good effect or will give them an advantage (often + and + do sth) You're looking really tired. Why don't you do yourself a favour and take a break?
See also: favour

Do me a favour!

  (British & Australian informal) also Do me a favor! (American & Australian formal)
something that you say in order to tell someone that what they have just said is stupid 'Why don't you go out with Brian?' 'Oh, do me a favour! He's almost 50, and he still lives with his mother!'

do me/us a favour

  (British & Australian informal) also do me/us a favor (American & Australian informal)
if you tell someone to do you a favour, you are telling them to stop doing something that is making you angry (often + and + do sth) Why don't you do us all a favor and keep your opinions to yourself!
See curry favour
See also: favour

not do somebody any favours

  (British, American & Australian) also not do somebody any favor (American)
to do something that is likely to have a bad effect on you or on another person (often reflexive) You're not well, and you're not doing yourself any favours by taking on extra work. (usually in continuous tenses; often + by + doing sth) The government isn't doing the families of the victims any favor by hiding the truth about what really happened.
See also: any, favour
References in periodicals archive ?
When Gallup conducted the poll in October, 37% favoured PTI, while 46% favoured the PML-N.
Meanwhile, according to the poll conducted by Pulse Consultant in September, 36% favoured PTI, while 57% favoured the PML-N.
Pulse Consultant's October poll showed that 42% favoured PTI, while 52% favoured PML-N.
According to the poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan in NA-125 in September, out of the sample who was surveyed, 30% favoured PTI, while 56% favoured PML-N.
When Gallup conducted the poll in October, 29% favoured PTI, while 58% favoured the PML-N.
Meanwhile, according to the poll conducted by Pulse Consultant in September, 34% favoured PTI, while 57% favoured the PML-N.
Pulse Consultant's October poll showed that 34% favoured PTI, while 58% favoured PML-N.
According to the CBS News/New York Times Poll, almost 53 percent Americans said that Romney's policies favored the wealthy, while 11 percent said that his policies favoured the middle class.
The poll revealed that only two percent Americans said that Romney's policies favoured the poor, while 33 percent said that his policies treated all the groups equally.
Americans were split on which segment of society is favored by President Obama's policies with almost twenty-one percent saying that his policies favoured the rich, while 22 percent said that they favored the middle class.
However, 24 percent said that Obama's policies favoured the poor.
The Toronto Star, attempting to offend neither its ethnic nor its feminist constituencies, mildly favoured Sharia, while citing the "natural tensions" that exist between the propositions that all citizens are equal and the majority should respect the rights of
He did not explain how he knew the majority in his riding favoured same-sex "marriage"--presumably the reason for him voting in its favour.
In the conference described below, the model of the Church as "communion" and the principle of subsidiarity were extolled as favouring more power for the local churches; in other words, the speakers favoured Cardinal Kasper's theory explained in the article on pages 12-14.