rule in favor of

rule in favor of someone or something

 and rule for someone or something
[for a judge or deliberating body] to award a decision to someone or something or to render a decision favoring someone or something. The judge ruled for the defendant. The examining board ruled in favor of dismissing George.
See also: favor, of, rule
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Initially confident that the court would rule in favor of integration, his action backfired and a host of rights won earlier were lost.