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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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I'm telling you, it's flattering, where did you get this?
Wear the right bikini Swimwear that fits is always flattering, so make sure your behind is concealed in the bottoms, there is no obvious mutton top and your boobs aren't about to escape.
In general, a halter-top style can be very flattering, as it provides both support and coverage while flattering the cleavage.
It's great having that speculation and it's very flattering.
Snacks'' might not be the most flattering of nicknames but it sure beats a yawner like ``Nap.
Prima Soft's Marlena Juniman suggests "wearing a leotard with flattering detail at the bodice to distract from the hip area.
BRECHIN'S title charge stayed on track against lowly Berwick as a stunning Stevie Hampshire hat-trick gave Dick Campbell's side a flattering win.
He said: ``It's incredibly flattering that anyone would want to make a film about my life.
If you've ever wondered why photographs of the President turn out so much better than the ones in your family scrapbook, it may be because the Bush White House--like its predecessors--works overtime to guarantee the most flattering images possible.
It should be expected that slickly packaged, flattering lies would resonate most effectively among the "cutting edge" component of the "most marketed-to" generation.
In ancient Egypt, by Stengel's account, flattering the Pharaoh was the organizing principle of government.
Owen signed a new contract earlier this season that will keep him at Anfield until he is 24, and said: "Obviously it is flattering to be linked with a club like Lazio but I'm still very happy at Liverpool.
We consciously focus in on the trends we know will have a broad appeal, and then we offer the most flattering silhouettes and outfits for each of the seven 'myShape' body shapes.
AA FEW tips on culottes, nothing above knee length is flattering, mid calf is ideal, only the brave/ very tall wear them with flats as they do have the ability to make you look dumpy.
Yes, celebs have got 'selfies' down to a fine art but for us mere mortals, a flattering swimwear shot takes work.