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  1. curry favor, curry favour, court favor, court favour(verb)

    seek favor by fawning or flattery

    "This employee is currying favor with his superordinates"

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  1. curry favor(Verb)

    To seek to gain favor by flattery or attention.

  2. Origin: 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 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.

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  • mielistelläFinnish
  • een wit voetje halen, slijmenDutch
  • подлизываться, заискиватьRussian

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