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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You are always plotting, and delude yourself into the belief that everybody else is doing the like, I think,' said I.
You may delude yourself into thinking that you proved them wrong, however, never in my years of dealing with trolls have I seen a troll lay down his or her arms and say, 'You know what, you're right.
Find out more 0905 070 0409 (77p/min) Leo July 23 - August 22 JUST because you've always done everything together, don't delude yourself into thinking that someone shares your hopes and dreams.
But don't delude yourself into thinking that the moment you get Indian help, you will automatically fit into the American way of life and culture.
Enjoy your charade, but don't delude yourself into thinking that you are the next Picasso.
You can't sit at your own little lunch table and delude yourself into thinking that you can think, act, market and sell like a 20-something when you are wearing a pair of socks that is like, 30-something.
You resist the temptation to delude yourself into believing you can be 100% certain about anything your nervous system experiences, and you regularly speak in a way that reflects "uncertainty" over certainty.
At various points in your physician leadership career you may feel such a sense of mastery that you delude yourself into believing that you are better than you are.
I don't think you delude yourself into thinking that, because you have been on a decent run of results, you're not going to lose cup ties.
Don't delude yourself into thinking that customers are satisfied merely with a delivery man saying 'thank you for shopping with us'
You can't delude yourself into thinking that anyone wants to read about how you and your girlfriend were laughed at for wearing Daisy Dukes and cut off in the drink line because you had breasts instead of rock-hard pecs.
Caveat: Don't delude yourself into thinking once you buy a virus protection program you're sale.
Most important, don't delude yourself into thinking that it's better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all.
In particular, don't delude yourself into thinking that planning for a corporate merger will be a relatively simple task when compared to coping with a crisis.