mutual admiration society

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mutual admiration society

A disparaging term for two (or more) people who engage in lavish mutual praise and admiration. I can't stand working with Tony and Linda. They praise each other from the moment they walk through the door—it's like they've formed a mutual admiration society!
See also: society

mutual admiration society

A relationship in which two people have strong feelings of esteem for each other and often exchange lavish compliments. The term may signify either genuine or pretended admiration, as in Each of them praised the other's book-it was a real mutual admiration society. The expression was invented by Henry David Thoreau in his journal (1851) and repeated by Oliver Wendell Holmes and others.
See also: society

mutual admiration society

Two or more people who lavishly praise the other person's or people's personalities and accomplishments, often far beyond what is deserved. The phrase, which is said to have originated with Henry David Thoreau in 1851, may have been used earlier. Its use as the title of a song from the 1956 musical comedy Happy Hunting that was successfully recorded by a number of singers boosted the phrase's popularity.
See also: society
References in classic literature ?
If you don't want a mutual admiration society, which dies as soon as you've all discovered each other's faults, you must nobble the Press.
It's a mutual admiration society for Laurence, who married Doctor Who star Billie Piper at New Year.
The films' formula is pretty basic: Two cops meet, initially clash and then grudgingly form a mutual admiration society as they're beating up the bad guys.
A mutual admiration society appears to be developing between the Jockey Club and its one arch-enemy, Levy Board chairman Lord Wigg, to judge by comments made by retiring senior steward Sir Randle Feilden at the Timeform charity dinner at York.
Wynona and I met backstage at last year's APLA event in Los Angeles," Neville explained, "and found we were members of a mutual admiration society.
It is not a mutual admiration society," said Saal of the intense competition between locals.
Somewhere in all that time, we exchanged a couple of phone calls with him and lapsed into a mutual admiration society.
We always kid each other we have a mutual admiration society going on.
The three men enjoyed a mutual admiration society that met every summer at the Bears' training camp at Lake Forest, 30 miles north of Chicago.
CBS tacitly acknowledged the lack of a compelling character in the finale by providing Wesson, Donaldson and chef Keith Famie for a Friday phone press conference that played like a mutual admiration society.
But it was evident during Friday's Hollywood Bowl concert that the Broadway superstars formed a mutual admiration society, which made their spectacular performance even more special.
Instead, Ward is satisfied to leave viewers with that hackneyed illusion that all of show biz is a mutual admiration society.
There was talk of a project on the boards that would team up Benigni and Robin Williams - a mutual admiration society, they acted like fast chums at the Academy Awards.
Somewhere in those four years, we got to be good enough friends to forge a mutual admiration society.