do (one) a favor

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do (one) a favor

1. To help someone else, typically at their request. Sometimes used sarcastically. Hey, do me a favor and take these bags into the kitchen while I get the others from the car.
2. A request for someone to stop doing something bothersome or annoying. Can you please do me a favor and take your loud music somewhere else? I'm trying to sleep! Look, I know you want to help, but do us a favor and just stay out of our way.
3. A response to a statement that the speaker finds ridiculous or stupid. ("Favor" is usually spelled "favour" in British and Australian English.) Primarily heard in UK, Australia. A: "Katie seems nice." B: "Oh, do me a favour—she's one of the cattiest girls in school!"
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do someone a favor

 and do someone a good turn
to perform a helpful service to someone. Would you please do me a favor and take this letter to the post office? My neighbor did me a good turn by lending me his car.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

do me a favour

used as a way of expressing brusque dismissal or rejection of a remark or suggestion.
1993 Merv Grist Life at the Tip Do me a favour, Webley couldn't even pass a mug of tea across the counter last season, let alone pass a ball.
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do someone a favour

do something for someone as an act of kindness. British informal
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do me a ˈfavour

1 (informal) used when asking somebody to help you: Do me a favour and answer the door, will you?
2 (spoken) you can’t expect me to believe that: ‘It’s worth £2 000. The man in the antique shop told me.’ ‘Do me a favour. It’s not even worth £200.’
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