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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.
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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.
See also: compliment, fish, for
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: compliment, fish, for
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It is fishing for compliments. His attentions were such as a child must have noticed.
Or, at 55, am I subconsciously fishing for compliments? "You're still a spring chicken.
Maybe he's incredibly insecure or narcissistic and is fishing for compliments at every opportunity.
They're fishing for compliments from someone they feel comfortable with.
MAYBE she's fishing for compliments but Boris Johnson's girlfriend Carrie Symonds seems to be making a good impression on her fella's father at a whaling protest yesterday.
| DECOR TIP: Make a statement with a lobster print or decoration, if you're fishing for compliments on your decor credentials.
After the meal he came fishing for compliments. I didn't have the heart to tell him it was over-priced and mediocre."
When Gazelle writes (clearly fishing for compliments) that she has many faults, Ox naively responds that she really has only one or two.
Yes, some people are very good in fishing-i.e., fishing for compliments, fishing for recognition, fishing for attention, fishing for affection, etc.
Fishing for compliments The River Tay is one of the greatest salmon fishing rivers in the world.
I'm not fishing for compliments, or gifts, or a parade.
The moon is fishing for compliments along the sand bar, and
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