give bit of curry


1 [kur-ee, kuhr-ee]
noun, plural curries.
East Indian Cookery. a pungent dish of vegetables, onions, meat or fish, etc., flavored with various spices or curry powder, and often eaten with rice.
any dish flavored with curry powder or the like: a lamb curry.
verb (used with object), curried, currying.
to cook or flavor (food) with curry powder or a similar combination of spices: to curry eggs.
give (someone) a bit of curry, Australian. to rebuke, discipline, or criticize; harass.
Also, currie.

1590–1600; < Tamil kaṟi sauce Unabridged
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curry1 (ˈkʌrɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  a spicy dish of oriental, esp Indian, origin that is made in many ways but usually consists of meat or fish prepared in a hot piquant sauce
2.  curry seasoning or sauce
3.  slang (Austral) give someone curry to assault (a person) verbally or physically
vb , -ries, -ries, -rying, -ried
4.  (tr) to prepare (food) with curry powder or sauce
[C16: from Tamil kari sauce, relish]

curry2 (ˈkʌrɪ)
vb , -ries, -rying, -ried
1.  to beat vigorously, as in order to clean
2.  to dress and finish (leather) after it has been tanned to make it strong, flexible, and waterproof
3.  to groom (a horse)
4.  curry favour to ingratiate oneself, esp with superiors
[C13: from Old French correer to make ready, from Vulgar Latin conrēdāre (unattested), from rēdāre (unattested) to provide, of Germanic origin]

Curry (ˈkʌrɪ)
John (Anthony). 1949--94, British ice skater: won the figure-skating gold medal in the 1976 Olympic Games

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., "to rub down a horse," from Anglo-Fr. curreier "to curry-comb a horse," from O.Fr. correier "put in order, prepare, curry," from con- intens. prefix + reier "arrange," from a Gmc. source. The surviving sense of curry favor is c.1510, altered by folk etymology from curry favel (c.1400) from
O.Fr. correier fauvel "to be false, hypocritical," lit. "to curry the chestnut ('fawn-colored') horse," which in medieval French allegories was a symbol of cunning and deceit.

"spice," 1681, from Tamil kari "sauce, relish for rice."
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