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.
See also: curry, favor
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Other people would say so, and would allege that he was currying favor with Bulstrode for the sake of making himself important and getting on in the world.
He was as selfish as they, probably more so, he conceded, but he hoped he would never reach the point of currying favor with anyone, even God.
Critics said Christie vetoed the bill because he wants to be president and was currying favor with the powerful pork industry in Iowa, which holds the first presidential nominating contest.
Currying favor with his Religious Right listeners, he noted that the vote on so-called "partial birth abortion" came first when he started setting the Senate agenda because that reflects the priority he gives to "the sanctity of human life."
"Both of these appointments are about currying favor with the furthest right-wing elements of Bush's campaign supporters," said Nadine Smith of gay rights group Equality Florida.
Hillary Clinton has been accused of currying favor with Jewish voters by supporting an undivided Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Loans issued at below-market rates created a brisk business in currying favor with central bankers.
Judging from reviews of the politically advantageous titles Murdoch has seen fit to print, currying favor with readers is not as high a priority.
As several temps point out, "I'm extremely well paid, I don't have to deal with the politics, pleasing the troops, or currying favor with management.
He is then persuaded to seek election to the consulship, though the thought of currying favor with the masses repels him.