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What is the best Spanish translation of the English idiom "to play favorites" (as in favoring individuals in a group instead of treating everyone equally)?

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For children we use "Consentido" meaning your favorite one.

In bigness use "Preferido" as Laura stated the Mexican slang is "Enchufado"

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I think your answer relates to "favorite", but I don't see clearly how does it relate to the original question idiom "to play favorites". – Gonzalo Medina Jan 10 '12 at 22:36
It is traditionally say that your "Consentido(a)" is your favorite child because you let them getaway with stuff. And "prferido" is a person hum you give all the easy jobs to when you have a choice. – Fortunato Jan 11 '12 at 1:58

I would say

favoritismo, favoritismos.

Here's the definition given in the DRAE:


(De favorito).

  1. m. Preferencia dada al favor sobre el mérito o la equidad, especialmente cuando aquella es habitual o predominante.
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Less formal "Estar enchufado" or "tener enchufe". – Laura Jan 8 '12 at 10:35
@Laura: that may be a regionalism, where have you heard it? Doesn't mean this in Argentina. – Petruza Jan 10 '12 at 2:23
@Petruza Sorry, I'm from Spain. – Laura Jan 10 '12 at 23:00
Sorry for the edit: I got confused with the comment by @Laura – fedorqui Jun 20 at 14:14

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