play favourites

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play favourites

To give preferable treatment to someone or something one likes or favours more than others. Primarily heard in UK. The teacher is always playing favourites in class, letting the students she likes go home a little bit earlier than the rest. As an MP, I promise not to play favourites with our public services.
See also: play

play favourites

show favouritism towards someone or something. chiefly North American
See also: play
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Since ASLA is a competitor in the open student loan market, I find it unfortunate that your agency has chosen to play favorites and only promote ASLA.
It will let our government play favorites among believers, and it will destroy the separation of church and state as we have known it.
Well, if you won't play favorites, tell us what you do away from work.
And this is particularly true of dealers who sell more than one vehicle brand, and who therefore could play favorites.
They have too many rules, are unfair, are intransigent, and play favorites.
In addition, there are strong political pressures to play favorites, and the favorite is the tenant.
Judges are not likely to play favorites since they use a scoring system and do not know the identity of the participants.
Parents try very hard to hide that they play favorites.
Today, Katharine Graham's Post continues to play favorites.
And such a bureaucracy can never permanently resist the temptation to play favorites.
A core principle of our Constitution is that government may not play favorites among religions.
SIMI VALLEY - Kenny Nichols refuses to play favorites.
Lynn outlined several objections to the faith-based initiative, noting that it will require taxpayers to underwrite religious proselytism, foster job discrimination with taxpayer money and force the government to play favorites among religious groups.
Scioscia said both are deserving selection, but he won't play favorites.