curry favor with (one)

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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.
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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.
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The demagogues, to curry favour with the people, drive the nobles to conspire together, either by dividing their estates, or obliging them to spend them on public services, or by banishing them, that they may confiscate the fortunes of the wealthy.
With despair I pictured to myself how coldly and disdainfully that "scoundrel" Zverkov would meet me; with what dull-witted, invincible contempt the blockhead Trudolyubov would look at me; with what impudent rudeness the insect Ferfitchkin would snigger at me in order to curry favour with Zverkov; how completely Simonov would take it all in, and how he would despise me for the abjectness of my vanity and lack of spirit--and, worst of all, how paltry, unliterary, commonplace it would all be.
Or, if so please you,'' said Isaac, willing to curry favour with the outlaws, ``I can send to York for the six hundred crowns, out of certain monies in my hands, if so be that the most reverend Prior present will grant me a quittance.
I was very well content as I was, and I wasn't going to sham religious to curry favour with the Doctor, or any one else.
After the first few days, when he didn't know anybody, he re- ceived me as if I had come either to gloat over an enemy or else to curry favour with a deeply wronged person.
So she needs to stop pretending she lives the life of the people who watch her TV shows in order to curry favour with them.
As for the steel industry, the EU wanted to take action against the cheap Chinese imports that are cause of the decline in that industry, but our own David Cameron vetoed that in order to curry favour with the Chinese.
As protestors gathered outside Parliament, Education Minister Nick Boles told Labour MPs: "In opposition, a party takes the irresponsible route, in an attempt to curry favour with the National Union of shroud-wavers - I mean, students.
Paisley LORD Advocate Frank Mulholland got it so wrong in trying to curry favour with the public by deciding there would be no charges against Harry Clarke before all the facts were known.
Police obviously wanted a pizza the action but denied trying to curry favour with the public.
A WHITLEY Bay chef certainly managed to curry favour with judges when his reputation for mouthwatering dishes saw him signalled out as one of the best curry chefs in the UK.
A CHEF from Middlesbrough was hoping to curry favour with judges at a national competition.
David Cameron and wife Samantha's decision to dine at upmarket Diwan Balti in Moseley failed to curry favour with the city-born creator of TV show Citizen Khan, who dubbed the establishment 'unauthentic'.
What price that one of the intrepid trio tries to curry favour with the crowd by announcing the latest scores in the style of a best man at a wedding?
I WAS very surprised by the Daily Post comment that the city council has not "gone out of its way to curry favour with Tesco" by opposing a number of projects that company is involved in.