Played favorites - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
play favourites (redirected from played favorites)
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.
play favourites show favouritism towards someone or something. chiefly North American
References in periodicals archive
Several parents said they suspected their daughters were denied enrollment because university officials played favorites
with the remaining seats.
com, the company has never played favorites
between Gotham's two baseball teams.
The victims say the owner never sincerely apologized for her dogs' behavior and the department treated the witnesses with undue suspicion and played favorites
with the owner by waiving impound fees for the unlicensed Rottweilers.