labor under the delusion of/that

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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!
See also: delusion, labor, of
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She and other European leaders still labour under the delusion that Ukraine can be pulled out of Russia's orbit and incorporated into the West, and that Russian leaders must accept that outcome.
Still the residents of Springwood can labour under the delusion that they still have a chance to influence the committee for a little while longer.
I'M actually a very funny guy," insisted pop flop Gareth Gates as he continued to labour under the delusion that anyone gives a toss whether he lives or dies.
Advocates of US dialogue with the Shi'ite theocracy of Iran and the Ba'thist dictatorship of Syria, like former US Secretary of State James Baker, labour under the delusion that they can actually reach an understanding that would enable a graceful US exit from Iraq and help stabilise that wounded country.
I always assume that architects, whose website text size is not alterable by users, labour under the delusion that they thereby retain control of things.
In the past, I have normally tried to build a Howard Hughes-like sense of mystery, secrecy and seclusion around my life, not least because I labour under the delusion that it makes me attractive to the opposite sex.
In the past, I have tried to build a Howard Hughes-like sense of mystery, secrecy and seclusion around my life, not least because I labour under the delusion that it makes me attractive to the opposite sex.
What else can a Midlander do with American visitors who still labour under the delusion that Britain is a civilised gentle society?
England's fans still labour under the delusion they are a superpower.
Do we really want the rest of the world to labour under the delusion that Elleray is our top ref?
Naturally, the entire nauseating event was full of wonderfully "witty" people who labour under the delusion they're utterly side-splitting.
They shouldn't labour under the delusion that everyone in Scotland understood all the references," he says.
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