Definition of do someone a favour in English:

do someone a favour


  • 1Do something for someone as an act of kindness.

    ‘he did us a big favour by postponing his departure for a couple of weeks’
    • ‘I think the developers might be doing us a favour.’
    • ‘Adam accepted, although, in retrospect, he rather gave the impression that it was he who was doing me a favour.’
    • ‘We have to win both our games and rely on other teams doing us a favour.’
    • ‘You could of course say he was doing them a favour, what with royalties and all.’
    • ‘They act like they're perfect and they're doing you a favour by even talking to you.’
    • ‘They are actually doing me a favour by striking me off their list.’
    • ‘He's probably doing you a favor by taking the job on.’
    • ‘Any readers who can suggest suitable reading matter or anything else to keep him amused would be doing me a favour.’
    • ‘Whereas it is the customer who is doing us a favour by bringing their business to us.’
    • ‘They know that the paying public are doing them a favour by choosing to spend their dollars there.’
    1. 1.1British informal [in imperative]Used to express brusque dismissal of a remark.
      ‘‘Are you some kind of social worker?’ ‘Do me a favour!’’
      • ‘Somebody told me there's a story going round that he uses steroids. Do me a favour! The guy has an amazing trainer.’
      • ‘Oh, and we're supposed to respect them, as well. Do me a favour!’
      • ‘Festival of freedom? Do me a favour.’
      • ‘£56 a night for a doss house? Do me a favour.’
      • ‘The issue, supposedly, is that as a mother, Kate shouldn't do this. Do me a favour.’
      • ‘What are they going to do? Invade us? Do me a favour.’
      • ‘They talk about him as the best striker in Europe but do me a favour.’