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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GOP candidate for Congress Evelyn Sanguinetti started her campaign this week by trying to fool us into believing that she will represent the interests and values of the 6th District.
We must not let them fool us into thinking this new law is anything other than a shiny object that will do nothing to stop Chinese state-directed actors continued assault on U.S.
Let us know who we are, and not let toxic politicians such as Tengku Adnan fool us into thinking we are somehow enemies,' he added.
Let not this lull fool us into a state of complacency.
Connor attempts to fool us into assuming he's a knuckle-dragging goof-off, when in reality he's a wordsmith-extraordinaire.
I am pleased we have secured the recent points we have, but Pards please do not try to fool us into thinking it was by some masterstroke on your part.
And Penn and Teller aren't even enough to fool us into watching.
Once again putting out their spin, trying to fool us into believing that only 'they' can put everything right.
It is the political clowns of DISY, who pretended to be different in order to fool us into giving them our vote, that we should give a lesson to.
For years they've run this country's finances into the ground, depending on a world-wide economic boom to fool us into thinking that they were delivering a proper (and prudent) economic programme - creating jobs and a secure future for us all.
One fan moaned "a lame attempt to fool us into thinking it was live".
IT WAS so interesting to read the story of national politicians trying to fool us into believing that more jobs are being brought to this region, when reality shows a reduction.
Although the clouds on the horizon are roughly 50 times farther away than those overhead, their geometric regularity, physical uniformity, and altitude allow foreshortening to fool us into thinking that the cloud horizon is closer than it is--only six times farther than the zenith, according to Young's calculations.
This is just another of Mr Blair's PR whitewashes designed to fool us into thinking he's doing something useful.
Our fantasies fool us into believing that happiness lies somewhere else, at some other time.