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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, to
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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FLATTER YOUR FIGURE Be wary of thick bulky fabrics if you''re aiming for a clean silhouette - but remember blanket coats can smooth over problem areas.
FLATTER YOUR FIGURE Curvier shapes are best suited to sleek threequarter length styles, so slim, tailored, mannish coats are ideal for those short-waisted or wide at the middle.
FLATTER YOUR FIGURE Short boxy styles can make curves look bulky, so capes work well for petites or boyish shapes, especially those with pockets in areas where you want to accentuate curves, such as the hips or bust.
princess coat, pounds 40 FLATTER YOUR FIGURE Shorter styles will increase leg length.
BIG PATTERN A structured top boosts the bust (and flatters your waist).
WANTS A DRESS THAT Shows off but still flatters her athletic figure.
STRIPES We love how these diagonal stripes flatter curves!
When you adopt the missionary position the flesh on your stomach falls back and to the sides making it look flatter. But be warned - one false move (like rolling over on to your side) and any little rolls of fat will be magnified.
They fawn, flatter, falsify--whatever will help them survive and pass on their genes.
The ultimate reward for the flatterer was to be buried near the Great One's tomb, and thereby gain the chance to flatter him for eternity.
Stengel is interesting on the question of whether God likes to be flattered. He offers a pointed reading of the Old Testament to show that the God of the Hebrews was indeed desperate for praise.