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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 classic literature ?
But, perhaps, this is one reason which hath determined me to act in a milder manner with you: for, as no private resentment should ever influence a magistrate, I will be so far from considering your having deposited the infant in my house as an aggravation of your offence, that I will suppose, in your favour, this to have proceeded from a natural affection to your child, since you might have some hopes to see it thus better provided for than was in the power of yourself, or its wicked father, to provide for it.
He therefore dismissed her with assurances that he would very soon remove her out of the reach of that obloquy she had incurred; concluding with some additional documents, in which he recommended repentance, saying, "Consider, child, there is one still to reconcile yourself to, whose favour is of much greater importance to you than mine.
The absence," he said, glancing up at the clock, "of that most fortunate person should surely count in our favour.
The title soon became an ironic contrast to the huge favours that were being done in every department and the hours being put in.
LITTLE FAVOUR" tells the story of Wallace (Cumberbatch) as he tries to get over the scars of war and start a life away from the military when his old comrade James (Salmon) calls in a favour.
On the other hand, Archbishop Terence Finlay of Toronto, who presides over the largest diocese in Canada with 220 parishes and 90,000 faithful, supports the "blessings" and "personally favours a local option to allow parishes to decide.
voted 63% to 37% in favour of blessing homosexual unions in a church service.
Two previous votes, the last in 2001, with 56% in favour, were deemed to have too narrow a margin for the motion to be implemented.
The UK energy industry favours state support of some kind for nuclear builds, particularly towards clean up costs, but the degree to which the Government should be involved varies garners little consensus.
With nuclear builds a distant ambition, stakeholders favour the immediate emission reductions provided by increased efficiency
Stakeholders favour state support for nuclear builds, particularly towards clean up costs, but direct intervention is not desirable
All seven also favour extending spousal benefits to active homosexuals and Kennedy, moreover, favours same-sex spouses legislation.
Earlier, both men made it clear that they favour the move.