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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That Nigerians labour under the illusion that our identities are clear-cut is a retardation of our national identity, and that we continue to operate our politics on this basis is nothing short of a national tragedy.
WHILE the government continues to labour under the illusion that the economy is doing fine, another international rating agency has decided to review the country's credit ratings, with another downgrading possible.
Now I know the type of fan who has to hear his own voice on the radio is not always representative of all a club's supporters, but I am sick to the back teeth of listening to Liverpool followers who seem to labour under the illusion that they are 'owed' a place in the Premier League's top four.
Arrogant and conceited by nature, we labour under the illusion that we are masters of the third rock from the sun.
He continued to labour under the illusion that the sight of Ferdinand going for a corner is any kind of threat.
Some labour under the illusion that the tax is payable only on the proportion of the price that exceeds the threshold, instead of on the whole of any price over pounds 120,000.
British holidaymakers labour under the illusion that the laws will be the same over there as here," he says.
Will he ever realise that he is a figure of fun or will he continue to labour under the illusion that he is a bit of a smooth operator?
Arrogant by nature, we labour under the illusion that we are masters of the third rock from the sun.
The authors of the proposal, like many politicians, labour under the illusion that international disputes are resolved in favour of the weak, when this has never actually been the case.
Does he labour under the illusion that the world's most evil people will not rest until they have exterminated Canada's finest left-handed golfer?
First, because they labour under the illusion that we think about sex as much as they do.
No bad thing given that the wallet is still in intensive care from its Christmas mugging, only to come under fresh threat from the usual suspects who labour under the illusion that the poor old battered billfold is well enough to be carried off in triumph to the sales.
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