fool (one or oneself) into (something)

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fool (one or oneself) into (something)

To use deception or trickery to compel someone or oneself to do something. I can't believe that guy fooled me into giving him money—what a scam. The more Lucy tries to fool herself into believing she's happy in her marriage, the more miserable she becomes.
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fool someone into something

to deceive someone or oneself into doing something. You'll never fool me into believing you. We fooled the boss into giving us all the day off.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Blur - Parklife Let's not fool ourselves into believing that Parklife was Blur's greatest album.
Let us not fool ourselves into thinking that because the news outfits are not padlocked, all information is free and untainted.
She affirmed that "this is the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation," noting that the sanctions "will cut deep." She added that even with this step taken "we should not fool ourselves into thinking we have solved the problem.
Norwich City have purchased a player who is, in honesty, at least two year Let's not fool ourselves into thinking Maddison is Dele Ali 2.0 - he has a lot of work to do.
Neither should we fool ourselves into thinking that the Welsh didn't support aspects of the 'Thatcher revolution'.
"We're busy trying to fool ourselves into thinking we have all the time in the world.
However, let's not fool ourselves into thinking that this is a change in Tory party thinking, suggesting, as it is meant to, that the Tories have at last seen the light and that the well-off should, at last, shoulder more of the financial burden.
"We knew that there's a gap between us and the likes of Kerry, Tyrone and Cork and we didn't fool ourselves into thinking we're the best team in the country, but we're working towards it.
We sometimes fool ourselves into thinking that while heroin and cocaine are dangerous, cannabis is safe.
While computer crime does not generate the same weight of headlines as offences against the Royal Mail, let us not fool ourselves into believing that business conducted over the internet is immune from theft or sabotage.
Miller says once the Other is labeled as a problem, we can fool ourselves into thinking that nothing can ever upset our lives again--we are in utter control.
So let everyone have their say about respect, by all means, but let's not fool ourselves into thinking age-old philosophical differences can be resolved by some smart sound bite
"We won't fool ourselves into thinking we will get rid of it completely.
I think I understand now better than ever that we Americans somehow fool ourselves into not seeing how often we let wealth limit our choices.
But we shouldn't fool ourselves into thinking that international policy experts are looking to general interest newspapers to get their read on the latest power struggle in Kenyan politics.