play favourites

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play favourites

To give preferable treatment to someone or something one likes or favors 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.
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play favourites

show favouritism towards someone or something. chiefly North American
See also: play
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Plays favorites." Or so it says on whototake.com a Web site that allows students to post their opinions of their teachers, often anonymously.