stroke (one's) ego

(redirected from strokes his ego)

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.
See also: ego, stroke

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.
See also: ego, stroke
References in periodicals archive ?
Hell never admit it, but it is for all these reasons that Andrew should be shouting from the rooftops, "Don't get infected--I hate it!" Instead, he strokes his ego and spreads some lies.