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project onto (someone or something)

1. To cast a light or illuminated image of someone or something, as from a film or slide, onto some surface. A noun or pronoun is used between "project" and "onto." We darkened the room and projected the film onto the wall. Would you mind erasing the writing on the white board so I can project the notes for today onto it? He projected a beam of light onto the car so I could see what I was doing.
2. To attribute some subconscious element, such as grief, insecurity, pain, etc., on another person or thing as a way of externalizing and avoiding it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "project" and "onto" to specify what the person is projecting. It sounds like she might be projecting onto your relationship a bit—I know that she's got a lot of baggage from her childhood that she's still trying to cope with. I wish you would stop projecting your insecurities onto me—it's ruining our friendship!
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project something onto someone

to imagine that someone else experiences one's feelings, especially one's guilt or anger. Since you project your anger onto your best friends, you imagine you have gathered a number of angry people around you. You should not project your feelings onto other people.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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That's certainly true, and I suppose I should be happy that someone has finally proved that many of those parading fanatics, religious-minded prudes, and censorious busybodies are in the throes of repression and self-revulsion and are merely projecting onto me and those I love the thing they hate in themselves.
Pittman amplifies the notion of the personal as political into full-blown self-hagiography, projecting onto the macrocosm his microtrials and revelations as a macho Colombian-bred dandy, a victim of violence, a principled, hopeful, fatalistic hedonist, "spiritual and needy" (quoting another of his painting's titles).