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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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However, an ingratiating subordinate did not influence the subjects' affective reactions to the supervisor.
Bakula and Fraser's high moment is their duet, "It's Not Too Late," the one piece of music from Vienna to be reprised in the Hamptons, as sheerly likable and ingratiating a song as the "You're not sick/You're just in love" duet from Call Me Madam.
Indeed, it would be hard to imagine anyone less skilled at ingratiating himself with voters and special-interest groups, or less naturally inclined to do so .
Finally, the focus on "diversity" alone does not get at the ideological nature of much of the bias in the mainstream; it suggests that if the media simply granted access to a demographically representative group, that the ideological tilt would right itself, when in fact the media are quite adept at finding members from across demographic groups to mouth ingratiating platitudes.
This means our favourite flat-sharing losers Mark and Jez are effectively stuck with each other for a fifth series of self-serving shallowness, doomed attempts at ingratiating themselves with the opposite sex and spot-on cultural analyses of the modern world.
But for everyday folk, there's Bodaan and staff's gracious hospitality and ingratiating ``no rules'' policy.
Moments like these felt ingratiating, but the show as a whole highlighted what I take to be Reed's default mode, a kind of nervous, compositional trickiness.
In fact he totally ignored them while busily ingratiating himself with the Argentinians.
Instead, with an ingratiating directness, he allows the audience to share a hardworking, yet playful, day in the lives of a group of Cuban peasants.
So stand by for more self-serving shallowness, doomed attempts at ingratiating themselves with women and spot-on cultural analyses of the modern world.
But it's hard to imagine Peck's incendiary mood swings from pathetic to ingratiating to provokingly repellent, or Mechlowicz's menacing self-defense mechanisms, not coming from brilliantly inventive and committed young actors.
In a few of the shocking high-contrast pictures Penn made of a lower torso scrunched in a chair, the sagging breasts are eyes with sleepy bags under them, and the hinge where the leg connects directly to the belly (bypassing the pubis entirely) reads as an ingratiating smile.
After playing a straight cipher who exists only for the clandestine pleasure of privileged Nathalie Baye in the dreadful An Affair of Love, hunky, hirsute Spanish actor Sergi Lopez has found a role worthy of his tremendous talent: He plays latently homo Harry--an extroverted, ingratiating sociopath--in French director Dominik Moll's pearl of a film With a Friend Like Harry.
In addition to their brilliance, the ABT men have an ingratiating modesty.
Now that Grace (Bullock) is the "face" of the FBI she is expected to trawl the talk show circuit, ingratiating the bureau to its critics and the public.