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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net recently sat down and played favorites with the two good-looking stars.
Several parents said they suspected their daughters were denied enrollment because university officials played favorites with the remaining seats.
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.
During the hearing, the representatives from Hacienda Luisita alleged that Mariano played favorites and he also threatened peace and order in Tarlac City.
The DAP releases, flawed as they were from the very beginning, played favorites among senators.