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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.
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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 favor

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 (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

do (someone or oneself) a favor

1. To help someone else, typically at their request. In this usage, the person being helped is stated between "do" and "a." Hey, do me a favor and take these bags into the kitchen while I get the others from the car.
2. To do something to help or better oneself. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "do" and "a." Do yourself a favor and go to college—now that I'm older, I regret not having that experience. Because I knew that I had to get up at 4 AM today, I did myself a favor and went to bed early last night.
3. A request for someone to stop doing something bothersome or annoying. Can you please do me a favour and take your loud music somewhere else? I'm trying to sleep!
4. A response to a statement that the speaker finds ridiculous or stupid. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. A: "Katie seems nice." B: "Oh, do me a favour—she's one of the cattiest girls in school!"
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not do (someone or oneself) any favors

To be problematic or detrimental A noun, pronoun, or reflexive pronoun can be used between "do" and "any." I knew that I had to get up at 4 AM today, and I didn't do myself any favors by staying up late last night.
See also: any, favor, not

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.
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curry favour

ingratiate yourself with someone through obsequious behaviour.
Curry here means ‘groom a horse or other animal’ with a coarse brush or comb. The phrase is an early 16th-century alteration of the Middle English curry favel , Favel (or Fauvel ) being the name of a chestnut horse in an early 14th-century French romance who epitomized cunning and duplicity. From this ‘to groom Favel’ came to mean to use on him the cunning which he personified. It is unclear whether the bad reputation of chestnut horses existed before the French romance, but the idea is also found in 15th-century German in the phrase den fahlen hengst reiten (ride the chestnut horse) meaning ‘behave deceitfully’.
See also: curry, favour

a fair field and no favour

equal conditions in a contest.
See also: and, fair, favour, field

do me a favour

used as a way of expressing brusque dismissal or rejection of a remark or suggestion.
1993 Merv Grist Life at the Tip Do me a favour, Webley couldn't even pass a mug of tea across the counter last season, let alone pass a ball.
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do someone a favour

do something for someone as an act of kindness. British informal
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without fear or favour

not influenced by any consideration of the people involved in a situation; impartially.
1996 Japan Times It should be possible if all officials involved in the election process are allowed to work without fear or favour and keep their impartiality.
See also: favour, fear, without

fortune favours the brave

a successful person is often one who is willing to take risks. proverb
See also: brave, favour, fortune

curry ˈfavour (with somebody)

(British English) (American English curry ˈfavor (with somebody)) (disapproving) try to get somebody to like or support you by praising or helping them a lot: They have lowered taxes in an attempt to curry favour with the voters. Curry in this phrase means to groom (= clean and comb) a horse. The phrase was originally ‘curry favel’ (= a light brown horse that was thought to be clever and dishonest) and came to mean to try to please somebody who might be useful to you, especially by doing or saying things that you do not mean or believe.
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be (all) in favour of something/of doing something

support or approve an idea, a course of action, etc: As far as Joe’s suggestion about saving money is concerned, I’m all in favour of it.Some people are in favour of restoring the death penalty for major crimes.All those in favour, raise their hands.
See also: favour, of, something

do me a ˈfavour


1 (informal) used when asking somebody to help you: Do me a favour and answer the door, will you?
2 (spoken) you can’t expect me to believe that: ‘It’s worth £2 000. The man in the antique shop told me.’ ‘Do me a favour. It’s not even worth £200.’
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in somebody’s/something’s ˈfavour

to somebody’s advantage: The court decided in the employee’s favour.The fact that the dollar is falling is in your favour.
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in/out of ˈfavour (with somebody)

supported/not supported or liked/not liked by somebody: I seem to be out of favour with the head of department after my remarks at the meeting.He stays late every afternoon because he wants to stay in favour with the boss.
See also: favour, of, out

do somebody no ˈfavours

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not do somebody any ˈfavours

do something that is not helpful to somebody or that gives a bad impression of them: You’re not doing yourself any favours, working for nothing.The orchestra did Beethoven no favours.
See also: favour, somebody

without ˌfear or ˈfavour

(British English) (American English without ˌfear or ˈfavor) (formal) (judge, decide something, etc.) in a completely fair way without being influenced by anybody: The newspaper reprinted the facts, without fear or favour.
See also: favour, fear, without

the cards/odds are stacked in ˈfavour of somebody/something

(British English) (American English the cards/odds are stacked in ˈfavor of somebody/something) it is likely that somebody/something will succeed because the conditions are good or because somebody/something has an advantage: The odds are heavily stacked in favour of Manchester United, who are having a very successful season and who will be playing in front of the home crowd.

curry favor

To seek or gain favor by fawning or flattery.
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curry favor

To ingratiate oneself through flattery or a willingness to please. “Curry” has nothing to do with the spice—it means to groom, as in the horse-keeping currycomb tool. One of the definitions of “stroke” is “suck up to,” and the image is similar—to get on a person's good side, whether or not flattery is warranted. “Favor” was originally “Fauvel,” the donkey who was the rogue hero of a 14th-century French romance. The image of grooming the beast to get on its good side or to win its favor is now the modern use of the word in the phrase.
See also: curry, favor
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Another was, by favouring grossly the biggest boys, who alone could have given them much trouble; whereby those young gentlemen became most abominable tyrants, oppressing the little boys in all the small mean ways which prevail in private schools.
Johnson turned obediently to the door, at the same time, over the cook's shoulder, favouring me with an amazingly solemn and portentous wink as though to emphasize his interrupted remark and the need for me to be soft-spoken with the captain.
On, on we flew, with changing lights upon the water, being now in the blessed region of fleecy skies; a bright sun lighting us by day, and a bright moon by night; the vane pointing directly homeward, alike the truthful index to the favouring wind and to our cheerful hearts; until at sunrise, one fair Monday morning - the twenty-seventh of June, I shall not easily forget the day - there lay before us, old Cape Clear, God bless it, showing, in the mist of early morning, like a cloud: the brightest and most welcome cloud, to us, that ever hid the face of Heaven's fallen sister - Home.
To find this widow woman, whose life for so many years had been supposed to be one of solitude and retirement, and who, in her quiet suffering character, had gained the good opinion and respect of all who knew her--to find her linked mysteriously with an ill-omened man, alarmed at his appearance, and yet favouring his escape, was a discovery that pained as much as startled him.
said Harthouse, soothing his horse, and inwardly favouring Mr.
I apprehend,' she said, 'that I know the cause of your favouring me with this visit.
In the breast of the coat he stowed the bristling hair and whisker, in a moment, as the favouring wind went with him down a solitary place that it had swept clear of passengers.
The silence was not of long duration, for Mr Swiveller, after favouring us with several melodious assurances that his heart was in the Highlands, and that he wanted but his Arab steed as a preliminary to the achievement of great feats of valour and loyalty, removed his eyes from the ceiling and subsided into prose again.