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Related to flatterer: adulate, sycophantic

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.
See also: figure, flatter

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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William Barlow in 1612 (218), reveals another implication of Elizabeth's refusal to see herself: the ability of flatterers to deceive the Queen about the reality around her.
Flatterers want to be extended the same courtesies that normally are reserved for management.
In fact, part of my purpose here is to itemize (apparently for the first time) some of the texts Shakespeare might have known that may have influenced not only his thinking but also the thoughts of his audience as they contemplated the problem of how to tell a flatterer from a friend.
"* Change one's views and opinions abruptly and see if the flatterer will follow....
Smith Eccles and See You Then stalked Barnbrook Again to between the last two flights, brushed him aside as though he were a nonentity, and easily saw off the late thrust of American champion Flatterer.
Yet there may be someone in your circle that seems too much of a flatterer for your taste.
"I really didn't want to work but Alejandro's such a flatterer that I sucked it up and went to Morocco.
"I've noticed you are quite a flatterer!" Deneuve laughs, with Gallic understatement: Not since Uriah Heep has so undulatory an adulator been imagined.
Lawler's analysis of Conscience's behaviour in the dinner scene leads him to propose that his surprising action at the end of the poem in admitting Friar Flatterer into the Barn of Unity is an inevitable consequence of his courtesy.
He also scored on Michael Dickinson's champions Wayward Lad (1982 King George), Silver Buck and Bregawn, and on US ace Flatterer (1983 Colonial Cup), but he never won the Grand National.
This type of individual is opposed to the flatterer, the liar, the taker, the unrestrained, the inane, and the verbose.
But these photographs too remain curiously barren of information or interest beyond the superficial level of the flaneur's wandering and the flatterer's wooing.
He trained Flatterer, a fourtime Eclipse Award winner, to finish second to See You Then in the 1987 Champion Hurdle.
R Briggs, Newcastle Flatterer ran a great race in 1987.