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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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Dr Miriam says: I doubt your mum is deliberately playing favourites.
The Californian trio - Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker - will be playing favourites like All the Small Things, What's My Age Again and Adam's Song plus material from Neighborhoods, their sixth studio album released last September.
And as well as playing favourites from the back catalogue that has seen them pile up 25 chart singles in the past 20 years, they will be showcasing tracks from their eighth studio album, Generation Freakshow, which is due out in March, preceded by first single Borders on January 29.
They raced through the set keeping the charged atmosphere going, playing favourites including Black-eyed Boy, Inner Smile and Summer Son.
Dad's retired and doesn't have a lot of money and I don't expect him to pay to take them all out, I just don't like him playing favourites.
The concert features Don Mather's Miller Men who will be playing favourites by Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Benny Goodman.