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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 that when citing a regionalism or slang, the origin should be cited too, because slang is of course not consistent throughout all of the spanish speaking world. –  Petruza Jan 10 '12 at 2:24
    
Will do thank you –  Fortunato Jan 10 '12 at 7:52
    
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
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I would say

favoritismo, favoritismos.

Here's the definition given in the DRAE:

favoritismo.

(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
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