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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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Even the smartest people can fool themselves into thinking they have more money than they actually do.
People should not fool themselves into thinking their bodies were as resilient as they once were, even if they are in good shape for their age.
Small, accurate drones are most often used for surveillance or support of ground troops, explains Fred Kaplan for MIT Technology Review, but the "controversy - which persists today - began when drones started hunting and killing specific people in countries where the United States was not officially at war." He adds, "Judging from its expanded use over the past five years, the drone's chief danger is that it makes war too easy - so easy that commanders, including the commander-in-chief, can fool themselves into thinking they're not fighting a war at all." For now, the US leads in drone warfare, though 80 nations also have drones in their arsenals.
In places, readers could almost fool themselves into believing everything will be okay, that there may be some miracle waiting on the next page.
London, Oct 7 (ANI): Most men underestimate the size of their waistlines, and fool themselves into thinking they are 2in slimmer than they actually are, experts including one of Indian-origin has claimed.
Patton, "How easily people can fool themselves into believing wars can be won by some wonderful invention rather than by hard-fighting and superior leadership."
Many Americans continue to fool themselves into accepting TSA abuse by saying "I don't mind giving up my freedoms for security." In fact, they are giving up their liberties and not receiving security in return.
"Anyone who wants to fool themselves into thinking otherwise - they don't understand."
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Workers fool themselves into believing that they can serve more people with fewer services and consider shortcuts in providing care as treatment innovations.
Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson said: "We want young people to make positive lifestyle choices - not fool themselves into thinking there are no risks from taking so-called glamour drugs like cocaine."
And as long as liberals fool themselves into believing that appeals to income distribution tables can take the place of policies that promote freedom, they will lose.
"But people shouldn't fool themselves into thinking that taking aspirin counteracts the dangers of smoking."
"The church reacted as institutions often do -- as Enron did -- and that is to deny, to delay, to dissemble, to fool themselves into thinking that all was well."