fish for compliments

fish for compliments
to try and obtain praise by subtle of devious means

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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  • fish for compliments — Usually said of someone who puts themselves down (similar to false modesty) in the hope that others will contradict them, and in the process, compliment them. Sam: I m no good at drawing!Judy: Nonsense! You re an excellent artist!Bob: Aw, he was… …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • fish for compliments — verb To try to induce someone to make a compliment. He is fishing for compliments …   Wiktionary

  • fish for compliments — to try to make someone praise you, often by criticizing yourself to them. Emma, you know you don t look fat in that dress. Are you fishing for compliments? (usually in continuous tenses) …   New idioms dictionary

  • fish for compliments — seek praise, search for flattery or admiration …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fish for something — ˈfish for sth derived to try to get sth, or to find out sth, although you are pretending not to • to fish for compliments/information Main entry: ↑fishderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • fish for — [phrasal verb] fish for (something) : to ask for or try to get (something, such as praise or attention) in an indirect way I think he offers apologies for his cooking as a way of fishing for compliments. [=as a way of getting people to say that… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fish for — try to get or to find out (something) by hinting at it She is always fishing for compliments when I see her at work …   Idioms and examples

  • Fish — Fish, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Fished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fishing}.] 1. To attempt to catch fish; to be employed in taking fish, by any means, as by angling or drawing a net. [1913 Webster] 2. To seek to obtain by artifice, or indirectly to seek to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fishing for Compliments — Fi|shing for Com|pli|ments 〈[fı̣ʃıŋ fɔ: kɔ̣m ] n.; ; unz.; fig.〉 demonstratives Äußern von selbstkrit. Bemerkungen mit dem Ziel, Anerkennung bzw. positive Äußerungen von anderen zu erfahren [engl., „nach Komplimenten angeln“] * * * Fi|shing for… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Fishing for Compliments — Fi|shing for Com|pli|ments* [ fiʃiŋ fə kɔmplimənts] das; <zu fish »angeln« u. compliment »Kompliment«> auffallend bescheidene od. negative Selbstdarstellung [durch die andere sich zu einer positiven Reaktion od. zu Lob veranlasst… …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

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