Frank spurns the empty chitchat and flattery that make up so much of Washington conversation.
This was a case where imitation was decidedly not the sincerest form of flattery.
He loved hob-nobbing with the great and not-so-great, his emotions vulnerable to flattery—and rejection.
But flattery, in this case, is going to prove ineffective.
He did not seem to need the limelight, flattery, or a following.
In her present mood the speeches would but weary, the flattery fash her.
As in the case of Bucket, the effective armor of Cuff is flattery.
To be useful, she would submit to any drudgery; to become agreeable, devoted herself to any flattery.
No flattery could lull his vigilance, no sophistry deceive his penetration.
But the American public, so ready to flatter early merit, has itself to thank, if that flattery prove a pernicious atmosphere.