play favourites

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play favourites

To give preferable treatment to someone or something one likes or favours 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.
See also: play

play favourites

show favouritism towards someone or something. chiefly North American
See also: play
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He's enlarging his own administration by bringing in one of the leading figures in American politics, and delivering on a promise of a new politics that doesn't play favorites or hold grudges.
Government, says AU, cannot play favorites among religions and deny a minority religious request because of discomfort with the less-known religious views.
Individual essays include "Does God Play Favorites", "Why Israel Can't Be Ignored", "Should We Forgive Terrorists?", "Should We Go Kosher?", "Our Identity in Christ", "The Return of Christ", and much more.
The union was worried that principals would play favorites, hiring friends and family members while firing good teachers.
"We're here to support everybody who brings us business and not play favorites."
Thanks to the writers for The Progressive, and while I don't play Favorites, I do want to single out Howard Zinn for being so on target about the Iraq War and so inspirational with his long view.
Ensure you don't play favorites when calling on students to respond in class?
The '80s new-wave icon is the opening act for Sling's Sacred Love tour, where she will likely play favorites from solo efforts and Eurythmics material, in advance of her best-of album due out in the fall.
I want my students to know that I love each of them and do not play favorites or compare them to each other.
> Play favorites: Choose three or four search sites and try to familiarize yourself with these sites and their individualized search rules.
He or she has to work with all the departments, on an equal footing, and can't play favorites.
Since ASLA is a competitor in the open student loan market, I find it unfortunate that your agency has chosen to play favorites and only promote ASLA.
It will let our government play favorites among believers, and it will destroy the separation of church and state as we have known it.
Well, if you won't play favorites, tell us what you do away from work.
They have too many rules, are unfair, are intransigent, and play favorites.")