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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A statement on Facebook posted by Carson's campaign after he visited a refugee camp could easily fool someone into believing that he was about to advocate a more refugee-friendly stance.
Bigham jokes that Chorus is more likely than conventional chat software to pass a Turing test, which challenges an artificial-intelligence system to fool someone into thinking it's human, even though Chorus wouldn't meet most definitions of artificial intelligence.
They get access because they fool someone into thinking they're someone they're not.
The scam involves hijacking someone else's e-mail address - the equivalent of using stolen headed notepaper to fool someone into believing a letter is from the person whose name is on it.
The scam involves hijacking someone else's email address - the equivalent of using stolen headed notepaper to fool someone into believing a letter is from the person whose name is on it.