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ingratiate (oneself) into (something)

To make an effort to receive someone's favor. I have no desire to ingratiate myself into a group of rich buffoons, no matter how many swanky doors they can open for me.
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ingratiate (oneself) with (someone)

To make an effort to receive someone's favor. I have no desire to ingratiate myself with these rich buffoons, no matter how many swanky doors they can open for me.
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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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To this end, Nick ingratiates himself to Hollywood super-agent Jeff Megall (Rob Lowe), who can magic up a new film with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Brad Pitt and a pack of 20...
Sixteen-year-old neighbor Rita (Danny Perea) ingratiates her way into the kitchen to bake a cake.
The twins are separated, and the scheming uncle ingratiates himself with the male twin, who succumbs to the rich life.
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.
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.