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
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Several parents said they suspected their daughters were denied enrollment because university officials played favorites with the remaining seats.
com, the company has never played favorites between Gotham's two baseball teams.
The victims say the owner never sincerely apologized for her dogs' behavior and the department treated the witnesses with undue suspicion and played favorites with the owner by waiving impound fees for the unlicensed Rottweilers.