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ingratiate oneself into something

to work hard to bring oneself into the favor of someone. Oh, how he fawns over the guests! Isn't it terrible the way he tries to ingratiate himself into their favor? You will never succeed in ingratiating yourself into my good graces.
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ingratiate oneself with someone

to work oneself into someone's favor. Why do you have to ingratiate yourself with everyone? Don't you know how to be just plain friends? She was very obvious in her effort to ingratiate herself with the boss.
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Yet the New Labour MP for Worcester, Mike Foster, bizarrely insists the hospital is meeting its medical targets while Peter Luff , the Tory member for neighbouring mid-Worcestershire, desperately ingratiates himself to over-worked local health workers as he senses the prospect of some understandably disaffected voters.
Desperate to look grown-up, she starts dressing more maturely (read provocatively) and ingratiates herself with Evie (Nikki Reed), an older girl, by lifting a woman's pocketbook.
Young Vallon ingratiates himself with Bill, becoming something of a protege and, oddly, learning to become the kind of man that could eventually bring down the savage Butcher.
Robert Quarry is a stylish, modern vampire who ingratiates himself with two Southern California couples.
I could never support a Labour Prime Minister who invited Thatcher, pictured, to 10 Downing Street for a friendly chat, nor could I support anyone who ingratiates himself with a bully and warmonger like George W Bush.
CHANNEL4,1pm) DEATH OF A SCOUNDREL (1956): George Sanders stars as a Czech refugee who ingratiates himself with a number of women to get ahead in the rat race.
Variously referred to as ``Skywalker'' and ``Moor,'' Jamal initially ingratiates himself into the court of usurper King Leo (Kevin Conway) when, mistakenly thinking that he's at a medieval theme park that is a rival to the one he works at, he tells everyone that he comes from Florence and Normandie.