Johnson heard it all, and mischief-makers, flatterers, and his own paranoid imagination then invented even more.
Take heed, he is one of the flatterers; remember what it hath cost us once already for our harkening to such kind of Fellows.
This is the hour of darkness: the hour when flatterers rule and are believed.
And then he was amenable to flattery, and few that are so are proof against the leading-strings of their flatterers.
I suspect that your flatterers have not given you a fair chance.
It is better to fall among crows than flatterers; for those devour the dead only, these the living.
We must keep our boys, as I said, from association with all bad men, but especially from flatterers.
Your flatterers have filled your heart with folly; you have made yourself abhorred among the rulers of Christendom.
This just shows me how sensible I have been in never listening to flatterers.
The flatterers of the Court, and Lethington principally, raged.
early 13c., from Old French flater "to flatter" (13c.), originally "stroke with the hand, caress," from Frankish *flat "palm, flat of the hand" (see flat (adj.)). "[O]ne of many imitative verbs beginning with fl- and denoting unsteady or light, repeated movement" [Liberman]. Related: Flattered; flattering.