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flattery will get you nowhere

Flattery does not work. The phrase is used to discourage one's efforts to win favor or good fortune through flattery. A: "I just love your new haircut, Mrs. Jones." B: "Flattery will get you nowhere, Jimmy—you're still getting a D in my class."
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Flattery will get you nowhere.

Flattering me will not increase your chances of success. A: Gee, you can do almost anything, can't you? B: Probably, but flattery will get you nowhere.
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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Prov. Copying someone is flattering because it shows you want to be like that person. Child: Susie's doing everything I do. Make her stop. Mother: Don't be cross with her. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but I don't feel flattered when Mary copies my answers to the homework.
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imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

When people say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they mean that if someone copies you, it must be because they admire you. Gregory Campbell went into West Belfast last week, I was there years ago. But imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
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imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

copying someone or something is an implicit way of paying them a compliment. proverb
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flattery will get you ˈeverywhere/ˈnowhere

(spoken, humorous) praise that is not sincere will/will not get you what you want: Just remember — flattery will get you nowhere. There’s no point in trying to be nice to me so that I’ll give you what you want.
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If we are responsible for our actions, as most religions insist, then God should be, too, and I would propose, post-tsunami, an immediate withdrawal of prayer and other forms of flattery directed at a supposedly moral deity--at least until an apology is issued, such as, for example: "I was so busy with Cindy-in-Omaha's weight-loss program that I wasn't paying attention to the Earth's crust.
A man's flattery for his wife's intoxicating scent or Cordon Bleu cooking is less likely to determine when the couple conceives than is the weather.
Jonathan Steele's December 20 "Ukraine's Untold Story" was long on flattery for the US government's "subtle and sophisticated" effort to massively interfere in Ukraine's recent elections.
As they say: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
The king who allows friendships to erupt the boundaries of counsel undermines his public authority, rendering him a tyrant vulnerable to flattery and exploitation by his minion.
Bombarded by blandishments from merchandisers, flush with illusions of power based solely on market status, black youth have become vulnerable to political appeals from anyone offering attention and flattery.
Baloney is flattery so thick that it cannot be true, and blarney is flattery so thin we like it - F J Sheen