flatter\ oneself

To be sure of your own talent or skill; highly confident.

I flatter myself that I am a better swimmer than he is.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • flatter oneself — believe something favourable about oneself, typically without foundation. → flatter …   English new terms dictionary

  • flatter oneself — praise oneself, compliment oneself …   English contemporary dictionary

  • flatter oneself — To be sure of your own talent or skill; highly confident. * /I flatter myself that I am a better swimmer than he is./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • flatter — ► VERB 1) praise or compliment insincerely, especially to further one s own interests. 2) (usu. be flattered) cause to feel honoured and pleased. 3) (flatter oneself) believe something favourable about oneself, especially something unfounded. 4)… …   English terms dictionary

  • flatter — flatter1 [flat′ər] vt. [ME flateren < OFr flater, to smooth, caress with flat hand < Frank * flat, akin to OHG flaz, FLAT1] 1. to praise too much, untruly, or insincerely, as in order to win favor 2. to try to please, or ingratiate oneself… …   English World dictionary

  • flatter — v. 1) (D; refl.) to flatter on (to flatter oneself on one s knowledge of history) 2) (D; tr.) to flatter smb. about, on * * * [ flætə] on (D; tr.) to flatter smb. about (D; refl.) to flatter on (to flatter oneself on one s knowledge of history) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • flatter — I. /ˈflætə / (say flatuh) verb (t) 1. to seek to please by complimentary speech or attentions; compliment or praise, especially insincerely. 2. to represent too favourably, as in portrayal. 3. to show to advantage. 4. to play upon the vanity or… …   Australian English dictionary

  • flatter — verb 1》 lavish compliments on, especially in order to further one s own interests.     ↘(flatter oneself) believe something favourable about oneself, typically without foundation. 2》 cause to feel honoured and pleased. 3》 (of clothing or a… …   English new terms dictionary

  • flatter — flatter1 flatterable, adj. flatterer, n. flatteringly, adv. /flat euhr/, v.t. 1. to try to please by complimentary remarks or attention. 2. to praise or compliment insincerely, effusively, or excessively: She flatters him by constantly praising… …   Universalium

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