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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: correer 'to prepare, curry', from Vulgar Latin conredare;
Date: (14-16 centuries)
Origin: favor from favel 'brown horse (as a sign of dishonesty)' , from Old French fauvel

curry

2 verb
     
curry2 past tense and past participle curried, present participle currying, third person singular curries

curry favour (with somebody)

to try to make someone like you or notice you in order to get something that you want - used to show disapproval:
a businessman who made several attempts to curry favour with politicians

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