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Could you do me a favour?
Can I ask a favour of you?
I'll ask Steve. He owes me a favour.
Thanks very much for your help. I'll return the favour some time.
He wouldn't take any money for his work: he insisted he was doing it as a favour.
This approach has won more favour in the US than in Britain.
Nuclear power stations have lost favour in recent years.
an ambitious young man willing to curry favour with his superiors
Those in favour of the motion, please raise your hands now.
Councillor Stone then outlined the arguments in favour of the proposed changes.
I am all in favour of trying to find ways to save money.
The council voted 11–3 in favour of providing the extra money.
The court ruled in Mrs Adams' favour.
They have come down very strongly in favour of the proposed merger.
This is the British English definition of favour. View American English definition of favour.
someone who admires a famous person such as a political or religious leader and is influenced by...
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