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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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Flatterers want to be extended the same courtesies that normally are reserved for management.
IN 1987, when See You Then, Nicky Henderson's talented but fragile star, was attempting a hat-trick of Champion Hurdle wins, his major rival turned out to be North America's four-time champion chaser, Flatterer.
OVER the years I rode at one time or another many of the top hurdlers, among them Alderbrook, Beech Road, Flakey Dove, Flatterer, Granville Again and Morley Street.
I worked for Jonathan Sheppard for six years - when he was training Storm Cat and Flatterer, whom I came over to Auteuil with in 1986 and to Cheltenham for the Champion Hurdle in 1987.
US-trained Flatterer was second in the 1987 Champion Hurdle and German-trained Moneytrain is fancied for next week's Triumph Hurdle.
Our top horses would be top horses here, just like Flatterer, Ben Nevis and Lonesome Glory proved in the past.
The competition was less formidable but Gaye Brief and Nohalmdun, Flatterer and Barnbrook Again had decent profiles of their own.
Physical problems continued to beset See You Then, but he returned to Cheltenham to score 12 months later before defeating American challenger Flatterer for a third Champion in 1987.
White is a great flatterer and so is its slightly creamier sister winter white.
The ways in which actor and audience are affected by their mutual exchange redefines theatricality and leads back to the actor's psyche, a flatterer himself and the object of flattery, but always - as so many of Shakespeare's characters - the sad celebrity and the parasite rolled into one.
Only Flatterer, runner-up to See You Then in the 1987 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham, has won the race four times.
IN a cracking finish to the Racing Post Chase, John Upson's Zeta's Lad (J White) outstays Kim Bailey's top weight and 1991 Whitbread winner Docklands Express (J Osborne) with Josh Gifford's master flatterer Bradbury Star (D Murphy) in third and Jenny Pitman's 1995 National hero Royal Athlete (M Pitman) back in fourth.
R Briggs, Newcastle Flatterer ran a great race in 1987.