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flatter (oneself)

To hold a vain, self-congratulatory, and exaggeratedly high opinion of oneself and/or one's achievements. Yeah, don't flatter yourself—she only asked you out to dinner because she wants to ask you about your brother. Gaston likes to flatter himself that he's the best man in town, but everyone knows he's just a pompous jerk.
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flatter to deceive

To seem better or more promising than someone or something really is. A: "I can't believe that team didn't make the playoffs after starting the season so well." B: "I guess they just flattered to deceive."
See also: deceive, flatter

flatter (one's) figure

To fit one's body well and make it look especially attractive, as of clothing. You look gorgeous—that dress really flatters your figure!
See also: figure, flatter

flatter one's figure

Fig. [for clothing] to make one look thin or to make one's figure look better than it is. The lines of this dress really flatter your figure. The trousers had a full cut that flattered Maria's figure.
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flatter oneself

Be gratified vainly by one's own achievement; exaggerate one's good points. For example, He flattered himself that his presentation at the sales conference was a success, or She flattered herself that she was by far the best skater at the rink. This usage is often put negatively, as in Don't flatter yourself-we haven't won the contract yet. [Late 1500s]
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flatter to deceive

encourage on insufficient grounds and cause disappointment.
1913 Field Two furlongs from home Maiden Erlegh looked most dangerous, but he flattered only to deceive.
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Prizes are $500 for first place; $250 for second place; and $100 for third place, Flatter said.
Hastanin elektrokardiyografisinde (EKG) sol atriyal genisleme ve atriyal flatter (Sekil 1), telekardiyografisinde kardiyomegali ve sol atriyal genisleme (Sekil 2) saptandi.
WANTS A DRESS THAT Shows off but still flatters her athletic figure.
Rajan and Wulf conclude that the explanation for flatter corporate hierarchies that fits most closely with the facts is technological and environmental change.
They began to flatter themselves that they were special.
On me, however, the jeans did not flatter but I do think they would look great on taller and athletic shapes.
Reinforcing fabrics are getting thinner and flatter to improve part surface quality and reduce costs.
The new ball will always swing but once the shine goes the track will get flatter and flatter.
The flatter, or less spherical, the galaxy, the more rapid the twisting.
This trusty staple has the ability to update an entire seasonal wardrobe and flatter your figure.
synonyms: compliment, praise, and flatter mean to express approval or admiration to someone personally.
As for quality, he says, "Our claim to fame is consistency-- flatter film.
In fact, some of the older modern skulls display flatter skull bases than the Neadertals, he says.