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imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

proverb When someone imitates the things you do, it's a sign that they like and admire you. Honey, try not to get annoyed with your brother when he follows you around doing the same things you do. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all.
See also: flattery, form, of, sincere
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Prov. Copying someone is flattering because it shows you want to be like that person. Child: Susie's doing everything I do. Make her stop. Mother: Don't be cross with her. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but I don't feel flattered when Mary copies my answers to the homework.
See also: flattery, form, of, sincere
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

When people say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they mean that if someone copies you, it must be because they admire you. Gregory Campbell went into West Belfast last week, I was there years ago. But imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
See also: flattery, form, of, sincere
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

copying someone or something is an implicit way of paying them a compliment. proverb
See also: flattery, form, of, sincere
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