labor under the illusion of/that

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labor under the illusion 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 illusion 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 illusion that our society can function without them!
See also: labor, of
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Pipher doesn't labor under the illusion that she can save the world, but by engaging in small actions toward that purpose, she suggests that we can save ourselves.
But since it is mandatory conduct all editors labor under the illusion that their readers are hungrily awaiting this issue which is called "bumper".
Now the pendulum has swung so fully away from the philosophical to the social and economic that some scholars labor under the illusion that knowing about the patron of a work of art or about what the patron paid for the work explains everything.
Sages and achievers throughout the ages are connected to the Higher Truth that we are all One Mind; those stuck in the delusion of individual finitude stagger under a false burden of scarcity, they labor under the illusion that they are missing out, they torment themselves with unfavorable comparisons to others who have used up all the good stuff, leaving them to writhe in the private hell of invalidation.
The private sector has already embraced this fundamental change, but tax authorities still labor under the illusion that we are living in the 1960s.