curry favor

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seek favor by fawning or flattery

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They could well have been trying to curry favor with the Israelis by attributing natural delays to a grand political ploy on their part.
A recurring theme throughout Burning Down My Masters' House is that Blair knows how to curry favor with editors, so he gets plum assignments and his stories get good display in the paper.
Despite the $200 million the Bush campaign is raising from corporate America, despite the trillions the administration has showered on the donor class, despite all the contracts that didn't go out for bid to favored corporations like Halliburton, despite shaping one policy after another to curry favor with GOP donors--despite all this, the Bush campaign sits up nights fearing it will be outspent by Howard Dean, Dennis Kucinich and Carol Moseley Braun.
He dedicated The Prince to Lorenzo Medici in an attempt to curry favor with the restored ruler.
to curry favor with promoters of the corn-based additive.
Then there's the chancellor's latest budget, brazenly geared toward the Old Left in what Blairites view as an effort to curry favor among rank-and-file Labour Members of Parliament.
Maybe he wants to curry favor with the homosexual and gay folks who were picketing 2398 Pacific [the apartment building in which Whipple lived with her partner, Sharon Smith] and demanding justice for Diane Whipple.
once the nation's seventh-largest company, will appear in the annals of business infamy, not solely because the energy trading entity hid losses behind a string of limited partnerships involving company insiders and pumped millions into political campaigns to curry favor in Washington, D.
And non-Jewish politicians have used the Holocaust to curry favor with the numerically small but influential Jewish voters--note the solemn pronouncements of Presidents wearing yarmulkes to accentuate their anguished sympathy.
Despite a contract, Patten's book was axed to curry favor with the Chinese government.
This hastily drawn-up policy, besides being a blatant attempt to curry favor with voters who suspect Clinton may be "soft" on crime, looks like the opening salvo of an upcoming war on electronic civil liberties.
Our government must no longer curry favor with corporate giants and big business at the expense of working families.
There is nothing in the speech that was meant to ingratiate the Vice President to the business community or to make them like him-which is the meaning of the idiomatic expression "to curry favor.
Many analysts think Iran is giving just enough aid to try to curry favor with the Taliban without actually doing anything to tip the military balance.