lull (one) into (something)

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lull (one) into (something)

To cause one to fail to be aware of the risks, dangers, or true reality of a situation. 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 complacency."
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lull into

Deceive into trustfulness, as in The steadily rising market lulled investors into a false sense of security. The earliest recorded version of this term referred to wine: "Fitter indeed to bring and lull men asleep in the bed of security" (Philemon Holland, Pliny's Historie of the World, 1601. Today it still often appears with the phrase a false sense of security.
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To me the fact that we have had such a run of mild winters has lulled us into a state of false security.
There is a magnitude to the case, a level of profile that has lulled us into the belief that its impact will be just as dramatic.
And then we created a couple more good chances, but maybe that lulled us into thinking we could play more expansively than was possible on the night.
I don't know whether it lulled us into a false sense of security.
Paradoxically, this dependency has lulled us into complacency.
The Bronx-born bonita broke into her show to a mellow opening that lulled us into the false pretense: This was no diva entrance and yet she was encrusted in jewels enough to stretch across the JBR walk.
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While swine flu, so far, seems to have lulled us into a belief that a pandemic doesn't always spell disaster, health officials recognize that flu pandemics typically arrive in waves; as winter arrives in the Northern Hemisphere, it is possible a more lethal strain of the flu--and a more dangerous pandemic--might be with us.
Industrial pollution, desertification, deforestation, an impending Ice Age, the Greenhouse Effect, irreversible global warming, rising ocean levels, harvest shortages and innumerable other environmental scares have lulled us into shrugs of resigned acceptance.
The highly-talented professionals of tomorrow have taken a 17th-Century farce written by a nun, lulled us into suspecting something pretty dreary with a beautifully accomplished but relentless prologue, then begun tickling funnybones during a journey that takes in a pseudo striptease and brings an irresistible echo of Charley's Aunt.
The weakness of the Church of England may have lulled us into thinking about religion as a congenial sort of ecclesiastical tea party, quaint and irrelevant ( but it has also left us totally unprepared to churn over the bigger questions.
Celtic and Rangers, at one point or another, both lulled us into a false sense of optimism about keeping a foothold in the top tournament beyond Christmas.
Their run of wins lulled us into thinking they actually were unbeatable.
The repetition of the forecast lulled us into a belief that isolated meant away from wherever we were flying.