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fish for compliments
To attempt to elicit praise from someone, typically by saying negative things about oneself. We know you're a smart kind, Dan. You don't need to fish for compliments by talking about the one C you got. Tara's always fishing for compliments by talking about how she couldn't get her hair the way she wanted it.
fish for a compliment
Fig. to try to get someone to pay oneself a compliment. When she showed me her new dress, I could tell that she was fishing for a compliment. Tom was certainly fishing for a compliment when he modeled his fancy haircut for his friends.
fish for compliments encourage somebody indirectly to say nice things about you: Stop asking me if you look OK. You’re just fishing for compliments.
References in periodicals archive
She sat five inches from the TV screen when she was a kid, fishes for compliments
, and her husband is her hero.
15 Food Michael Kilkie fishes for compliments
with a Mother's Day smoked haddock chowder.
DANIELLE Lloyd fishes for compliments
with what looks like a dreaded trout pout.
KRUPP fishes for compliments
at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.
EGO SURFER Someone who constantly fishes for compliments