kissing goes by favour

1616 T. DRAXE Adages 62 Kissing commeth by fauour.

1621 BURTON Anatomy of Melancholy II. iii. Offices are not alwaies given..for worth. [note] Kissing goes by Favour.

1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 225 Kissing goes by Favour. Men shew Regard, or do Service, to People as they affect.

1880 BLACKMORE Mary Anerley II. iii. ‘I should give you one kiss, Insie.’.. Before he could give reason in favour of a privilege which goes proverbially by favour, the young maid was gone.

1929 ‘L. THAYER’ Dead Man’s Shoes i. Kissing goes by favour all along the line.

1976 K. BONFIGLIOLI Something Nasty in Woodshed xii. Tell you what, Jock; you forget to mention hot buttered crumpets to Mrs Mortdecai and I’ll forget to mention about you pinching her caviare. Kissing goes by favour, you know.

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