lull (one) into a false sense of security

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lull (one) into a false sense of security

To cause one to feel safe and secure in a situation that poses risks or dangers. Installing cameras at home lulled me into a false sense of security—our house still ended up getting robbed. A: "I can't believe you were able to unseat the valedictorian!" B: "I think three years of accolades lulled her into a false sense of security."
See also: false, lull, of, security, sense

lull someone into a false sense of security

Cliché to lead someone into believing that all is well before attacking or doing someone bad. We lulled the enemy into a false sense of security by pretending to retreat. Then we launched an attack. The boss lulled us into a false sense of security by saying that our jobs were safe and then let half the staff go.
See also: false, lull, of, security, sense
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'Let us not let China's sweet talks of investments and loans lull us into a false sense of security. Their actions clearly belie their pronouncements.
But what Imogen does go to underline is how naming such storms shouldn't lull us into a false sense of security and how important it is to take heed of any weather and flooding alert.
"But optimism should not give us a sense of comfort and certainly should not lull us into a false sense of security."
Throughout the book, Goodall wisely emphasizes that the existence of such good-hearted individuals should not lull us into a false sense of security or otherwise prevent us from heightening efforts to prevent more animals from nearing the brink of extinction.
Drinkaware chairman Derek Lewis said: "Drinking in the home can lull us into a false sense of security because we simply fail to take note of the amount we consume.
Some powers that be, however, seem to think that bringing in foreign priests will only lull us into a false sense of security, and more long years of complacency.
He said: "It is not going to lull us into a false sense of security. Tszyu will be 100 per cent for the fight."