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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 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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The 37-year-old said: "I'm very flattered by some of the interest that I've had, you know, some serious interest that I've had.
She should have been flattered,' says the club's marketing director.
Indeed, as Stengel notes, the faith of the Puritans was rooted in the notion that God could not be flattered with the indulgences and saintly interventions that were the stuff of Roman Catholicism, much less through the state-ordained piety of the Anglican Church.
MICHAEL OWEN has admitted he is flattered to be linked with Italian giants Lazio - but insists his future is at Liverpool.
The men are honored, flattered even, to have these children sit at their knee, and ask them questions of what it was like.
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BLUE SQ BET NORTH Brackley Town 2 Chester FC 3 RIVAL managers Neil Young and Jon Brady were united in agreement that the margin of Chester's victory in Saturday's top-of-the-table clash flattered Brackley.
MOLDE manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is flattered to be considered the front-runner for the vacant Aston Villa job, but expects other candidates to challenge him.
Hart is flattered to be viewed as a possible contender, but says he is only thinking about maintaining his good form for club and country.
I had allowed myself to be flattered when all this talk of breasts started because I assumed it meant I looked good.
IPSWICH defender Alex Bruce felt Wigan's 4-1 winning margin in last night's Carling Cup clash flattered his father's side.
Paul Scholes has admitted he was flattered when he was asked to return to the England fold ( but has no regrets at rejecting coach Steve McClaren's advances.
Kenny is flattered by Celtic's interest," said agent Dave Baldwin.
I am flattered by the attention I have received from a guy I have known for years who is representing a consortium interested in West Ham.