One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be in (or out of) favour with (someone)‘I want him in good odour again with his king’
- ‘Well, the only real explanation is that Britain is in very bad odour with the Greeks because of the Elgin Marbles.’
- ‘I made a point of arguing this case in the morning editorial meetings, and that put me in a very bad odour with Kevin Marsh, the editor.’
- ‘The party does not want to be in bad odour with the United States again.’
- ‘For a long time Lucas was in bad odour with military veterans.’
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