curry favor

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To seek to gain favor by flattery or attention
seek favor by fawning or flattery; "This employee is currying favor with his superordinates
apple-polish; toady; win favor by complimenting somebody, gain favor by using flattery
curry favour
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curry favor


    cur·ry fa·vor

    Türkische aussprache

    kıri feyvır


    /ˈkərē ˈfāvər/ /ˈkɜriː ˈfeɪvɜr/


    () Originally from a French poem Roman de Fauvel, written in the early 1300s; Fauvel was a conniving stallion, and the play was a satire on the corruption of social life. The name Fauvel points to the French fauve ('chestnut, reddish-yellow, or fawn'), another sense of fauve meaning the class of wild animals whose coats are at least partly brown, and the medieval belief that a fallow horse was a symbol of deceit and dishonesty. The phrase curry Fauvel, then, referred to flattering the horse, and was turned by later speakers into curry favor.