delude (someone or oneself) into (something)

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delude (someone or oneself) into (something)

To cause someone to believe something that is not true. I don't know how she deluded herself into thinking that she could continue to live in this dangerous neighborhood. My husband had deluded me into thinking that he had forgotten my birthday so that he could surprise me with a party.
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delude someone into something

to fool someone into thinking something. You can't delude me into believing you. Todd deluded himself into believing he was back at home.
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The story gets little details right in a way that makes these characters completely believable, straddling the line between the teenagers they are and the men they delude themselves into thinking they are.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Tuesday that the new Iranian president has been very clear about Iran's nuclear policy, and that neither Israel nor the world should delude themselves into thinking that policy will change under his tenure.
The only difference is that TV writers are able to delude themselves into thinking that they're somehow more pure than movie critics.
Nevertheless, the association between secular humanism and modern education is so tight that many, such as the "scientific" creationists, delude themselves into thinking that they are seeing the "religion of secular humanism" in the public schools when, in fact, what they are seeing is modern knowledge being taught by educated teachers.
Too many of them delude themselves into thinking that Knowsley is a paradise due to their presence, rather than one of the most deprived boroughs in Britain (deprived except if you are a councillor or senior officer, that is).
He added: "Some people delude themselves into thinking they speak for Irish republicanism and clearly they don't.
Only in the UK and only in the Labour Party can the votes of the rank and file be outmatched by a system that gives MPs and unions multiple votes, thus ensuring that only those favoured by these two bodies will be selected and then elected, the normally democratic one voice one vote system is laughed at, yet for whatever reason best know to themselves party members still delude themselves into thinking their vote will make a difference.
Producers can delude themselves into thinking they are making "warm sales calls," when in fact they're actually making cold sales calls.
Liverpool as a city will never pose a realistic threat to Manchester's commercial hold on the northwest as long as council chiefs and officers delude themselves into thinking their efforts, to date, have been worthy of awards.
Many companies delude themselves into believing that ERP packages will solve all their problems and automatically help them cut finance costs and improve effectiveness," Hackett IT Practice Leader Beth Hayes says.
They delude themselves into believing that the Nazis are not what we know them to be, and this is very depressing.
That's the way it is with these small people who delude themselves into believing they are more than bit- part players in the grand scheme.
Netanyahu indicated Tuesday that Rowhani has been very clear about Iran's unchanged nuclear policy, and that neither Israel nor the world should delude themselves into thinking that policy will change under his tenure.
In fairness, modern footballers' wives have an unfair reputation as attention seekers who delude themselves into thinking they have a degree of modelling/acting talent.