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play favourites

To give preferable treatment to someone or something one likes or favors 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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play favourites

show favouritism towards someone or something. chiefly North American
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Kiwi captain Kane Williamson and batsman Ross Taylor are being considered favourites to score the most runs for New Zealand while fast-bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee are being considered favourites to bag the most wickets.
Batsmen Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman are being considered favourites to score the most runs while leg-spinner Shadab Khan and fast-bowler Hasan Ali are being considered favourites to bag the most wickets.
Fast-bowlers Kemar Roach and Sheldon Cottrell are being considered favourites to bag the most wickets whereas Batsmen Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer are being considered favourites to score the most runs for the West Indies.
My nine things Favourite With Holly Willoughby The Play to the Whistle presenter, 35, on what entertains her...
Conservative Clr Craig Whittaker remains the strong favourite to take the seat at 1/16, with Labour's Steph Booth second favourite on 11/2.
Using Towcester as an example, the strike-rate of favourites at the track since 2003 is 30 per cent, while these runners have on average accounted for 36 per cent of the market, so dividing strike-rate by market share (30/36) yields an IV of 0.82, confirming that many favourites have been underperforming.
The IVs of Towcester favourites broken down by race type since 2003 make for interesting reading.
In fact, just 11 of the last 62 favourites in Towcester bumpers have won, while fairly recently (between the middle of November 2006 and the middle of November 2008) the track went just over two years without a success for a bumper favourite.
Devastating, delicious or doomed, the court favourite was always on a fatal yo-yo.
But as James A Boyden writes in his essay on 16th century Spain and its court structures: "Favour consumes those upon whom it is bestowed and great confidences between royal master and favourite end in precipitous downfalls."
For the favourite, fortune was balanced on the knife edge of charm, personal beauty and tact set within a subtext of sexual attractiveness and desire.
This popular market is simple - 25 points are awarded for a winning favourite, ten points for a favourite who comes second and five for third.
By looking at some of the races more closely we can deduce how many points each favourite was expected to score, or was 'in for' in spread betting parlance.
The first favourite was well-fancied 5-6 chance Monash Lad who could manage only fifth, causing the spread to drop some 16.5 points to 52-55.
The country's cultural hub Katara was named 'favourite hosted event space'.