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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.
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Abbott has been careful to avoid the appearance of playing favorites in a presidential contest that could include several candidates with ties to Texas.
To ease that process, there should be no playing favorites with any mobile OS, so Xbox Live can become a desirable option for current social games.
This keeps the charting honest and without playing favorites with the artists that are being played and voted on by fans.
Other research described in the book finds commonalities in primate cooperation and friendship, as well as in power plays, playing favorites and other dark social arts.
Chapters discuss the perils of expecting kids to fill adult roles, unjustly pressuring a child to fulfill one's own fantasies, playing favorites, and other behaviors that may not be unconsciously done but are none the less harmful.
From how to administer appraisals evenly without playing favorites, to when one should handle an issue personally versus calling in reserves, to how to select appraisal processes ideal for one's chosen business, Performance Appraisal for the Everyday Manager is inordinately useful and highly recommended.
The VA is playing favorites among religious groups and violating one of this nation's greatest freedoms.
Then, impress your friends by playing favorites like "Ode to Joy" and "Greensleeves.
A retired school superintendent from Connecticut offers guidelines for developing an ethically-based teacher recruiting program that eliminates patronage, creates a level playing field for all candidates, and discourages administrators from playing favorites.
Steven Spinola, president of the Real Estate Board of New York, said the MTA will make the right decision for the city and has shown by opening the Hudson Yards to other developers they aren't playing favorites.
We need to be treated with respect and get the company to stop playing favorites among the workers.
At the risk of playing favorites, I cite one example--the Dublin, Georgia, USA, mill of SP Newsprint.
During the trial, Helmick denied using the pejorative term, and he also denied playing favorites when it came to exams.
In one passage, he recalls an NFL teammate who complained Manning was playing favorites, throwing more passes to whites than blacks.
The warring factions, especially from the Christian side, have accused the military of playing favorites in attacks that have broken out during the state of emergency and the TNI has admitted some of its troops had been "contaminated" and had taken sides, against regulations.