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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No one is saying that billboards and newspaper advertising cannot be effective, but don't fool yourself into thinking they're enough.
DEWI WILLIAMS: Don't fool yourself into thinking you will get a better service, different service yes, better unlikely, its simple bussiness, cost v service BABS FRYER: What a joke "proud".
Simply fool yourself into feeling full and satisfied to drop the pounds.
It's also possible to fool yourself into thinking that you're on track when you're not.
According to Joseph Halliman, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Kidding Ourselves: The Hidden Power of Self-Deception: "if when the going gets tough you're able to fool yourself into thinking this will work out, there can be an upside to this, and it's actually measurable, quantifiable and can inspire your performance in given situations." But we knew that already.
Never fool yourself into believing that being evil is okay as long as you are giving your family a luxurious life.
Don't fool yourself into thinking that if you are not hot you are not burning.
You fool yourself into thinking that you're hungry - and so the cycle begins again.
The fables range from the well-known "Fox and Grapes" (moral: "Don't fool yourself into saying that something is bad, when really you know it's good.
That isn't bad--just don't fool yourself into thinking you are truly connecting and networking [online].
From the outside you may fool yourself into thinking the Red Onion is unlicensed.
"You can fool yourself into thinking `We're Mohawk.' But you're going to get everyone's best game because you've been laying a whooping on people for years.
" Don't fool yourself into thinking you need every gardening gadget under the sun.
"Never fool yourself into buying something that makes your foot look small or cute."