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Idiom
curry favour
butter up
like someone's boots
 
 
Meaning
use flattery to seek gain or advancement
 
 
Usage
In the hope of being promoted, he often curries favour with the manager.
 
 
Usage
He is always buttering up the director.
 
 
Story
The expression curry favour originally came from the Old French expression, curry the fallow horse, a beast that in a 14th-century allegory stood for duplicity and cunning.
 
 
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curry favour (curry the fallow horse ,14