Posted by ESC on April 10, 2007
In Reply to: Flatter to deceive posted by Gabriel Segal on April 10, 2007
: What is rhe origin of 'flatter to deceive'? And what exactly does it mean - flatter whom to deceive whom?
I would guess that the flatterer is deceiving the flatteree. Blowing smoke up his/her a**. Or pumping sunshine up his/her skirt. Like my husband bragging on my cooking to trick me into preparing all the meals.