fish for compliments

fish for compliments

To attempt to elicit praise from someone, typically by saying negative things about oneself. We know you're a smart kind, Dan. You don't need to fish for compliments by talking about the one C you got. Tara's always fishing for compliments by talking about how she couldn't get her hair the way she wanted it.
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fish for a compliment

Fig. to try to get someone to pay oneself a compliment. When she showed me her new dress, I could tell that she was fishing for a compliment. Tom was certainly fishing for a compliment when he modeled his fancy haircut for his friends.
See also: compliment, fish

fish for compliments

encourage somebody indirectly to say nice things about you: Stop asking me if you look OK. You’re just fishing for compliments.
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This is a clear case of mixed signals and the Filipino trait of saying something but meaning another-jele jele bago quiere-of making an outward show of humility to fish for compliments or support, of saying he wants to leave when he actually wants to be asked to stay.
FISH FOR COMPLIMENTS Oily fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel and pilchards contain omega 3 essential fatty acids that are good for your heart and brain.
Finally, fish for compliments with a photo-print Turtle cushion, PS8, and a chunky ombre knit blue throw, PS25, from the Oceanic collection (www.
You're willing to let others get the glory and never fish for compliments or seek out attention.
Fish for compliments Try our parmesan and herb crust cod for a healthy tea everyone will love.
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Fish for compliments The reward box could be a cardboard box filled with rubber snakes or little balls - which the child can fish out with a net each time they are well behaved.
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You won't have to fish for compliments with guests if you serve up Paul's Mixed Seafood Served in Horseradish and Cockle Chowder.
Katie is Elaine's worst critic - and she knows better than to fish for compliments at home.
Melly does not need to fish for compliments here - predictably the book, though of greatest interest to fellow wielders of the rod and line, is full of his customary barbed wit and wickedness.
And you won't have to fish for compliments when you serve Curried Tuna Salad for an afternoon meal.