To curry favor

Also found in: Idioms.
Related to To curry favor: touch base, curry favour, couldn't, come in handy
to seek to gain favor by flattery or attentions. See Favor, n.
to seek to gain favor by flattery, caresses, kindness, or officious civilities.

See also: Curry, favor

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Poor old Uncle Silas--why, it's pitiful, him trying to curry favor that way--so hard pushed and poor, and yet hiring that useless Jubiter Dunlap to please his ornery brother."
"I might have expected naught better from a turncoat foreign knave such as thee, who once joined in the councils of De Montfort, and then betrayed his friends to curry favor with the King."
They have heard he isn't coming and they think to curry favor with the great man by stopping away.
Taoyuan City goes the extra mile to curry favor with international tourists by rolling out Taiwan's first free luggage delivery service from Taoyuan International Airport to 30 designated hotels in the city, beginning from now on.
Secretary of State Pompeo earlier indicated that it may take a couple more days to get to the bottom of the Khashoggi affair, though he wants them to wrap it up and for Prince MBS to "take ownership." Yet, crude oil remains lower amid speculation that the Saudis will have pump their way out of the crisis to curry favor. Yields are following suit lower, with the benchmark 10-year yield dipping from over 3.215% earlier to 3.17%.
Isidro then gave a warning: 'But if you do so to curry favor to one who's clearly inept (and with dwindling numbers), advice lang: rethink your strategy.
CEO Jack Ma in China, looking to curry favor with the Internet giant ahead of it planned $15 billion IPO.
"District governors lied about the implementation of the indicative plan to curry favor with the government.
Many in Iran have been very suspicious of Russia and accusations that Russia was dragging its feet to curry favor with the Americans have been commonplace over the years.
In fact, the only good I could see is that the fellows seemed to enjoy the liberal beverage service and the excel lent meals that were provided on these flights, which, while paid for by the media owners, were arranged by a White House staff eager to curry favor among the reporters who cover the president.
Bush, eager to curry favor with his conservative religious constituency, dispatched Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the meeting.