curry favour

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Ingratiate oneself with someone through obsequious behaviour, from an alteration of Middle English curry favel, from the name (Favel or Fauvel) of a chestnut horse in a 14th-century French romance who became a symbol of cunning and duplicity; hence ‘to rub down Favel’ meant to use the cunning which he personified.

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