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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It was 20 years since we last faced the old enemy and, because we won that one, maybe we had deluded ourselves into believing - well half-believing - we could do it again.
Anything is possible in commercialised American politics but we had deluded ourselves into believing the Mother of Parliaments offered superior wisdom from the banks of the Thames.
Since NATO was formed to check Russian military might in Europe, it appears that over all these years we have deluded ourselves into thinking NATO was some sort of potent force.
That unity, plus that limited purpose, made that war relatively easy - so easy, in fact, that we have deluded ourselves into thinking Iraq is a pushover.
We haven't deluded ourselves into thinking this is the solution,'' said Patrick Purtill of the National Council for Adoption.