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ingratiate oneself into something

to work hard to bring oneself into the favor of someone. Oh, how he fawns over the guests! Isn't it terrible the way he tries to ingratiate himself into their favor? You will never succeed in ingratiating yourself into my good graces.
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ingratiate oneself with someone

to work oneself into someone's favor. Why do you have to ingratiate yourself with everyone? Don't you know how to be just plain friends? She was very obvious in her effort to ingratiate herself with the boss.
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Reaching the coast of Egypt, Pompey was lured onto the beach by emissaries of the Egyptian monarch Ptolemy, who had decided to have Pompey murdered to ingratiate himself with Caesar.
Next time the Labour bigwigs feel the need to ingratiate themselves with the sporting glitterati they might try actual winners - like Sam Torrance's Ryder Cup heroes.
His theme was that insincere praise is really the best kind of all--because it shows how desperately someone wants to ingratiate himself.
But while working for the Sforza, he continued to ingratiate himself with Federico Gonzaga; he sent drawings of the castles in Milan and Cremona and let it be known that he would gladly return to work in his native city, even for a quarter of the "goodly provisions" paid by the Duke of Milan (67, doc.
Anne comes into close contact with Stephen when he is sick with a fever and lying in filth; when he is well, he does little to ingratiate himself with her, since he spends half the time they are together railing at the English oppressors of Ireland.
Throbbing with impatience As if to ingratiate itself.
According to sources, this decision may be a governmental bid to ingratiate certain incumbent coalition partners, reports The Express Tribune.
I doubt that even the so-called 'new politics' will be similarly generous in allowing Coun Stone to ingratiate himself back into a political career, though.
Now, in an attempt to ingratiate itself to the locals, someone has decided a beer festival is the answer.
Warwickshire is one of four police forces trying a new way of tackling the predatory paedophiles who ingratiate themselves into families.
Given the French people have blockaded sea ports and suchlike over what we would consider very trivial problems you can be sure that had their Government supported Tony Blair in his mad dash to ingratiate himself with George Bush, then the entire French nation would have ground to a halt.
With such cooperation, Syria was hoping to ingratiate itself with Washington.
So Conrad offered his talents in the cooking department and would peel and chop garlic for hours on end in order to ingratiate himself with the fellas.
Nor are they enlightened or inspired by insults to both our country and its leadership tossed around in a sad attempt to ingratiate the writer with his new Parisian acquaintances.
Well no, but she, Kate Vernon, starts to ingratiate herself with the mum and the dead man's brother.