stroke (one's) ego

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stroke (one's) ego

To appeal to one's pride or vanity. You're not going to get what you want by stroking the boss's ego. If anything, that's a good way to get in trouble with her! I couldn't resist stroking my ego a bit by reading some of the good reviews for my latest film.
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stroke someone's ego

Fig. to flatter and praise someone. If you have trouble with him, just take a few minutes and stroke his ego. You'll soon have him eating out of your hand.
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Curtis, however, explained that she commends her co-stars because they do great work, not because she wants to stroke their egos.
Although they do get a rash from those leather trousers, private jets and a legion of groupies to stroke their egos.
They should man up and take responsibilities for their own performances and not plead with fans to stroke their egos. Even still, I admire him not staying silent."
This can also be an advantage if you know how to stroke their egos by agreeing and encouraging them, at least the parts of their views that are the least consequential to operations.
While this puts pay to those who stroke their egos by amassing Facebook friends in quadruple figures, it doesn't do much for boosting the confidence of those who choose to maintain an intimate group of friends.
I'm far too modest to call this project a stroke of genius, but, should you use this lesson, I will say this about your students' self-esteem: It'll stroke their egos!
Of course, some people will sign up for almost anything to improve a vita, whether for tenure or promotion or simply to stroke their egos. But these publishing ventures can be a particular waste of time for the individuals involved and for academia in general.
What they don't need are weak, lily-livered toadies who'll wipe their backsides, stroke their egos and say "Yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir" when they should be saying "No bloody way, sir".
In the many hostess clubs in Tokyo's Ginza district, women are employed to chat with men, drink with them, flatter them and generally stroke their egos.
Instead we make them endless cups of tea (two sugars, always!) and stroke their egos in the vain hope they will not rip us off or disappear halfway through putting up the loft conversion.
Most gang members tend to have fragile egos and turn to violence as a way to gain status within the gang and to stroke their egos. They often view violence as rewarding because it is a means to impress others in an exciting and deviant way, which carries influence with the gang.
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