curry favor with

curry favor with (one)

To ingratiate oneself to someone Flattery won't work; the only way of currying favor with him is through hard work.
See also: curry, favor

curry favor with someone

to try to win favor from someone. The lawyer tried to curry favor with the judge. It's silly to curry favor with the boss. Just act yourself.
See also: curry, favor
References in classic literature ?
I might have expected naught better from a turncoat foreign knave such as thee, who once joined in the councils of De Montfort, and then betrayed his friends to curry favor with the King.
They have heard he isn't coming and they think to curry favor with the great man by stopping away.
CEO Jack Ma in China, looking to curry favor with the Internet giant ahead of it planned $15 billion IPO.
The capitalist cinema, which promotes a few 'popular stars' to curry favor with the audience .
You may curry favor with the Business Roundtable, but Hill do little to benefit children.
Bush, eager to curry favor with his conservative religious constituency, dispatched Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the meeting.
Countless special interests, no doubt, also appreciate the opportunity to curry favor with powerful politicians.
They could well have been trying to curry favor with the Israelis by attributing natural delays to a grand political ploy on their part.
District governors lied about the implementation of the indicative plan to curry favor with the government.
to curry favor with promoters of the corn-based additive.
He dedicated The Prince to Lorenzo Medici in an attempt to curry favor with the restored ruler.
A recurring theme throughout Burning Down My Masters' House is that Blair knows how to curry favor with editors, so he gets plum assignments and his stories get good display in the paper.
We don't have to curry favor with it,'' the veteran lawmaker said.
Maybe he wants to curry favor with the homosexual and gay folks who were picketing 2398 Pacific [the apartment building in which Whipple lived with her partner, Sharon Smith] and demanding justice for Diane Whipple.
That's thanks to a process that has taught Gates and his management team that to win the economic battle, you have to maintain a vigorous presence in Washington, with a fat budget to curry favor with politicians and sway their decisions.