labor under the illusion of/that

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labor under the illusion of/that

To live, operate, or function with the unyielding belief in something, especially that which is fanciful, unrealistic, or untrue. Primarily heard in US. Jeremy's always labored under the illusion of being a great writer, even though he's never written more than a few crummy poems. No one likes paying taxes, but those who would call for them to be done away with altogether are laboring under the illusion that our society can function without them!
See also: illusion, labor, of, that
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The post Our View: Cyprus judges labour under the illusion they are untouchable appeared first on Cyprus Mail .
As journalists we labour under the illusion that we are not players in the stories we write.
But the people who really need to take this research on board are the ones who have done well but labour under the illusion that it's entirely due to their brilliance.
That Nigerians labour under the illusion that our identities are clear-cut is a retardation of our national identity, and that we continue to operate our politics on this basis is nothing short of a national tragedy.
Now I know the type of fan who has to hear his own voice on the radio is not always representative of all a club's supporters, but I am sick to the back teeth of listening to Liverpool followers who seem to labour under the illusion that they are 'owed' a place in the Premier League's top four.
Arrogant and conceited by nature, we labour under the illusion that we are masters of the third rock from the sun.
Some labour under the illusion that the tax is payable only on the proportion of the price that exceeds the threshold, instead of on the whole of any price over pounds 120,000.
"British holidaymakers labour under the illusion that the laws will be the same over there as here," he says.
Will he ever realise that he is a figure of fun or will he continue to labour under the illusion that he is a bit of a smooth operator?
A truly radical Government would abolish Budget Day but it will never happen because Chancellors like to labour under the illusion they still have control over the economy and an ability to mould people's behaviour through the tax system.
It is very difficult to say, because most committees are under the influence of the politicians that labour under the illusion that any show of goodwill and positive attitude would be interpreted as unpatriotic.
Arrogant by nature, we labour under the illusion that we are masters of the third rock from the sun.
Very often we labour under the illusion that if we make a career move that promises better remuneration, we will somehow be happier and more fulfilled.
He continued to labour under the illusion that the sight of Ferdinand going for a corner is any kind of threat.
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