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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The upper classmen are cut ling up in the back, stroking their egos with stories of (heir latest profitable deals, while the good kids and greenies sit quietly waiting for die teacher.
Tommy didn't buy any of the autographs - he coaxed them to put pen to paper by writing letters to them in beautiful calligraphy "stroking their egos".
As far as I could see Kat and Alfie's response to Alfie watching Andy "You Gotta Pick A Pocket Or Two, Boy" Hunter's dirty video was to go round in a conversational circle for 30 minutes, shout - ing, crying, stroking their egos or doing impressions of Blakey from On The Buses - "Kaaaaaaaaat!"