curry favor

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cur·ry 1

 (kûr′ē, kŭr′ē)
tr.v. cur·ried, cur·ry·ing, cur·ries
1. To groom (a horse) with a currycomb.
2. To prepare (tanned hides) for use, as by soaking or coloring.
curry favor
To seek or gain favor by fawning or flattery.

[Middle English curreien, from Anglo-Norman curreier, to arrange, curry, from Vulgar Latin *conrēdāre : Latin com-, com- + Vulgar Latin *-rēdāre, to make ready (of Germanic origin; see reidh- in Indo-European roots). Curry favor, by folk etymology from Middle English currayen favel, from Old French correier fauvel, to curry a fallow-colored horse, be hypocritical (from the fallow horse as a medieval symbol of deceit).]

cur·ry 2

also cur·rie  (kûr′ē, kŭr′ē)
n. pl. cur·ries
1. A sauce or relish typically made with cumin, coriander, turmeric, and other spices.
2. A dish seasoned with curry.
3. Curry powder.
tr.v. cur·ried, cur·ry·ing, cur·ries
To season (food) with curry.

[Tamil kaṟi.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.curry favor - seek favor by fawning or flattery; "This employee is currying favor with his superordinates"
bootlick, kotow, toady, truckle, kowtow, fawn, suck up - try to gain favor by cringing or flattering; "He is always kowtowing to his boss"
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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.
This seems to endorse the view that the Saudis were using output to staunch criticism and curry favor despite the heat from the consular controversy, and the U.S.
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.
The New York Times reported that the Trump International has 'cemented its status as a gathering spot for prominent conservatives and a place for the president's supporters to see, be seen and curry favor with people in power, one $24 chocolate cigar at a time.'
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.