In order to curry favor with soon-to-be-disgraced corporate executives?
But behind them are ISIS fighters and sympathizers and locals eager to curry favor by selling out their neighbors.
The event also reflects the way that Facebook, from the very beginning, has learned how to curry favor in Washington.
early 16c., altered by folk etymology from curry favel (c.1400) from Old French correier fauvel "to be false, hypocritical," literally "to curry the chestnut horse," which in medieval French allegories was a symbol of cunning and deceit. See curry (v.). Old French fauvel is from a Germanic source and ultimately related to fallow (adj.); the sense here is entangled with that of similar-sounding Old French favele "lying, deception," from Latin fabella, diminutive of fabula (see fable (n.)).
the spice, 1680s, from Tamil kari "sauce, relish for rice."
“Currying favor” with someone means trying to ingratiate oneself by fawning over that person: “The ambassador curried favor with the dictator by praising his construction projects.”