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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

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.
See also: deceive, flatter
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2 : to cause to feel pleased by showing respect or admiration <I was flattered to be asked to sing at the wedding.
I think the 4-1 slightly flattered them a little bit.
The midfielder now claims that after no club met his buy-out clause - believed to be around [pounds sterling]31million - he never thought he would be leaving Spain even though he was flattered to be linked with United.
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.
Seedorf said: "I was really flattered by those words and thank him.
MIXU PAATELAINEN has admitted he is flattered to have been linked with the vacant Hibs manager's job.
Cardiff City striker Michael Chopra says he is flattered to be asked to play international football for India - but he has his eyes set on an England place.
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.
SVEN Goran Eriksson has admitted he is flattered to be linked with Barcelona.
Manchester City midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim has admitted that he is flattered to be linked with a move to Arsenal and revealed that it would be a 'dream come true' to work under Arsene Wenger.
Hunt said: "I would of course be flattered by any interest from England, but I have not heard anything about it.
The 27-year-old, who set up the second goal for possible future club team-mate Steven Gerrard in England's 2-0 win over the United States, is flattered by the Reds' interest.
JOHN COLLINS last night denied he'd received an approach for the Scotland job - but insists he's flattered to be in contention for the national team post.
I'm flattered through all the interest being shown with the speculation, but I repeat, I am really happy here at Villa.