imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Prov. Copying someone is flattering because it shows you want to be like that person. Child: Susie's doing everything I do. Make her stop. Mother: Don't be cross with her. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but I don't feel flattered when Mary copies my answers to the homework.
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imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

When people say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they mean that if someone copies you, it must be because they admire you. Gregory Campbell went into West Belfast last week, I was there years ago. But imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
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imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

copying someone or something is an implicit way of paying them a compliment. proverb
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And human nature, Adeimantus, appears to have been coined into yet smaller pieces, and to be as incapable of imitating many things well, as of performing well the actions of which the imitations are copies.
Makumbe, 20, of Priory Court, Gateshead, pleaded guilty to robbery and possessing an imitation firearm on October 19 at Diana Street, Newcastle.
This is the imitation product, and this is a sample of the regular product," said Ogawa.
A 16-YEAR-OLD boy was arrested after an imitation handgun was discovered in a Merseyside alleyway.
THREE men have been released on bail while police investigate an offence involving an imitation firearm.
A MAN has threatened staff at a post office in Coventry with an imitation hand gun.
The Federal Trade Commission has announced final amendments to its Hobby Protection Rules, (formally, the Rules and Regulations Under the Hobby Protection Act) which regulate the marking of imitation coins and political items sold to hobbyists.
COMMERCIAL FRAUD: Imitation automobile parts are put inside empty cartons of genuine spare parts to deceive customers.
A 16-year-old and a 17-year-old were also charged solely with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
TWO teenagers have appeared in court after being charged with attempted robbery with an imitation firearm.
Leeds Crown Court heard it was only when the gun was discovered hidden behind a fridge unit in the kitchen at the Huddersfield Hotel that it was realised it was an imitation.
THE case of two Cardiff schoolboys sentenced to eight months' detention after admitting the attempted robbery with a BB gun of a classmate could form part of a fresh look into the laws on the availability of imitation weapons.
The sale of realistic imitation guns, including BB guns and toy ones, is also banned.
A MAN dressed as a Royal Dragoon was found to have an imitation revolver tucked inside his boots.
Williams begins by examining the development of imitation poetry as the most typical form of poetry in the Six Dynasties, in order to expose the structure of Six Dynasties poetry more broadly.