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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They have made a veritable career out of professional procrastination, the invention of significant dates and holding onto a conjured mantra that they have fooled themselves into believing will solve all of Lebanon's problems.
This is especially true in colder-climate states, where, absent the hot sun, residents may have fooled themselves into a sense of false comfort, the firm said.
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While the British had few illusions about the extent of their reduced power in the postwar world, they fooled themselves into thinking that their influence remained high and that the United States would give them a free hand to pursue their own ideas in South Asia as well as in Southeast Asia and the Middle East.