praise somewhat dishonestly
the oxford english dictionary entry for flatter admits that its etymology is 「doubtful」 but suggests that flatter may be related to flat.
what caesar thinks of me. i flatter no one.
despite ms. yu’s assurances that she had meant to flatter — 「jesus was in fact a very handsome man」 — i could manage but a bewildered gaze in return.
even you, nelly, if we have a dispute sometimes, you back isabella at once; and i yield like a foolish mother: i call her a darling, and flatter her into a good temper.
elizabeth, these clothes don「t flatter you at all - it should be a dress or nothing!
i dress to flatter my assets and certain parts of my body will no longer be shown in public, but i am not depressed about that.
you must give me leave to flatter myself, my dear cousin, that your refusal of my addresses is merely words of course.
the landscape became wider, flatter and very scenic.
orange and khaki flatter those with golden skin tones.
men seldom flatter without some private end in view, and they who listen to such music may expect to have to pay the piper.
but then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues;
he does give this 「flattening」 theory a considerable amount of ink, but instead prefers the idea that flatter is evolved out of germanic roots that also gave us flit and flutter.
strong colours would flatter her pale skin and dark hair.
when a group of french americanophiles wanted to flatter the united states, they sent the statue of liberty.
i flatter myself that i have spared no pains.
i flatter myself i」ve done it all rather well.
its design provides for more stability – with its flatter profile, it acts less like a sail, making it less susceptible to winds during flights of up to 1240 miles.
you flatter yourself. why would we go to such ludicrous lengths?
it’s this flatter frequency response curve that some people are willing to spend the extra money on, and sennheiser know this.
on hearing her routine, christopher hitchens, a polemicist, remarked that 「when comedians flatter the president, they become court jesters, and the country becomes a banana republic.」
more generally, schumpeter seemed to be playing the role of grand seigneur, and he tended to flatter where flattery was not due, no doubt satirically.
you can also flatter them some more by explaining that it will be difficult to correctly interpret the study results without them.
i say no at first, but they persist. they promise to work around my schedule; they flatter me.
you can make your stomach look flatter instantly by improving your posture.
clever tailoring can flatter your figure.
and from what i heard, joseph contributed much to his deterioration, by a narrow-minded partiality which prompted him to flatter and pet him, as a boy, because he was the head of the old family.
wear clothes that flatter and fit.
in william shakespeare's play julius caesar it is said that a sure way to flatter caesar is to remind him how he hates flatterers.
ask them to help you pick out colors and clothes they think flatter you.
it is disingenuous of him to flatter me.
atlas, the flatter of the two, has a diameter of only 18 kilometres from pole to pole, but is almost 40 kilometres across its waist.
for there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.
our milky way, if it could be viewed edge on, would display a good example of one of these galactic bulges: imagine the profile of a stereotypical flying saucer, though with a wider and flatter disk.
although men flatter themselves with their great actions, they are not so often the result of a great design as of chance.
we flatter ourselves that we provide the best service in town.