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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!
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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.
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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.
'You're human, you feel flattered, and it's very heartwarming that people continue to trust you.
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Bob said: "I can see the funny side and I'm a wee bit flattered but I'm dead against counterfeiting and I have complained to eBay about this.
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.
RUGBY UNION: Nick Easter is flattered to be touted as a future England captain, but believes Steve Borthwick is the right man for the job.
Beckinsale, 36, had been 'flattered' when the press discussed her breasts and suggested that she had undergone a breast enhancement operation after she put on weight for her role in 2004's 'The Aviator'.
ROBERTO MANCINI is flattered to be linked with the managerial vacancy at Sunderland and admits he would like to manage in the Barclays Premier League.
TOTTENHAM midfielder Didier Zokora is 'flattered' by interest from Real Madrid - but insists he is happy at White Hart Lane.
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 Miller's agent today admitted the striker was "flattered" by interest from Celtic as the Scottish giants consider a move for the Wolves' frontman.