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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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The teepees at St George's Square will be the venue for entertainment from local indie/folk/pop band Fishing for Compliments at 7.
Your partner or someone equally close is fishing for compliments.
fishing for compliments, fishing for recognition, fishing for attention, fishing for affection, etc.
Fishing for compliments The River Tay is one of the greatest salmon fishing rivers in the world.
I'm not fishing for compliments, or gifts, or a parade.
The moon is fishing for compliments along the sand bar, and
I was fishing for compliments, of course I was, but I think I might be on the right track when it comes to being the sort of mum I hoped I'd be.
For more variety, participants go kayaking, like the locals do, and fish for arctic trout, salmon, and Greenland shark - instead of fishing for compliments.
1 The Boy Who Went Fishing For Compliments From the Richard Burton Theatre Company, Dafydd James' play features Vivian, a little boy whose heart decides to leave him and fly through the skylight.
I can't decide if she is fishing for compliments or if she is one of those people who just really will NEVER be happy, whatever she does.
Fishing for compliments, Kate ask her if she likes the cake - and Andra drawls: "It's dry
said my dentist pal, who was not at all bashful about fishing for compliments.
We're not in the business of fishing for compliments but when they come our way then we dine out on the accolade.
Harris sweeps through her gilded domain in overdressed splendor, spitting out barbed pleasantries, fishing for compliments or working herself up into outraged hysterics whenever she feels wronged--which is most of the time.
You've kissed a few frogs and decided that Prince Charming, if he exists at all, is likely to spend as much time in front of the mirror fishing for compliments as the Wicked Queen.