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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: pander 'someone who finds lovers for others' (14-20 centuries), from Pandarus man in an ancient Greek story who acted as a messenger between lovers



pander to somebody/something

phrasal verb
to give someone anything they want in order to please them, even if it seems unreasonable or unnecessary - used to show disapproval:
Some newspapers feel they have to pander to the prejudices of their readers.
Highly trained staff will pander to your every whim.

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