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labor under the delusion of/that

To live, operate, or function with the unyielding belief in something, especially that which is fanciful, unrealistic, or untrue. Primarily heard in US. Jeremy's always labored under the delusion of being a great writer, even though he's never written more than a few crummy poems. No one likes paying taxes, but those who would call for them to be done away with altogether are laboring under the delusion that our society can function without them!
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But the tea party wing of the party continues to labor under the delusion that it will be able to get the majority to accept the views of an increasingly narrow slice of the electorate that is older, white and male.
Miss Buckley, who was managing editor of National Review for 37 years (and who passed away recently at the age of 90), does not make "creative nonfiction" out of the quotidian, pretend to be contributing an invaluable perspective on her "times," or labor under the delusion that she is making capital-L literature out of her life.
The dominant and recurrent topic of the TV series--viewpoints from the upstairs and downstairs of the fictitious Downton Abbey--gives Newman the opportunity to Americanize the context of the series: "We [Americans] continue to labor under the delusion that we live in a class-free society.
Their senior managers still labor under the delusion that their businesses will remain safe from competition if only they can keep their mouths shut and not tell the competition what they're thinking or doing.
Some are under the impression that voice mail is not discoverable, whereas e-mail is; others labor under the delusion that merely having an official policy for document destruction will somehow preclude damaging documents from showing up in court.
And it's not just the country's disturbed and disappointed who labor under the delusion that the world's wrongs can be righted by properly directed applications of gunfire.