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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He enjoyed the crack and it stroked his ego. But we both knew that he had spoken the truth.
They stroked his ego when he flashed a gun, and then they pointed out whom to shoot.
In the Oval Office President Obama politely stroked his ego with one eye on his watch before trotting out the expected diplomatic cliche about making the "Special Relationship" grow stronger.
Pay was not even a consideration and complaint not an option." She suggests many Acadians refused the oath of loyalty to England--the pretext for the deportation--because they feared reprisal from Le Loutre, who "liked to play favourites in the distribution of rations, for example, being most generous to those who had sufficiently stroked his ego, and leaving many others in the unenviable position of having to beg for enough to feed their children ...