In hopes to ingratiate myself further into his majesty’s favour, I told him of "an invention, discovered between three and four hundred years ago, to make a certain powder, into a heap of which, the smallest spark of fire falling, would kindle the whole in a moment, although it were as big as a mountain, and make it all fly up in the air together, with a noise and agitation greater than thunder.
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She tried to ingratiate herself with her superiors.
On the surface, he was one of those pale, ingratiating kind of men who tiptoed through life on small, quick feet.