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She tried to ingratiate herself with her superiors.
  gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts
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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.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • said Pug with an ingratiating smile.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • "Very well," he said, letting all the ingratiating charm fall from his voice.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • She then turned to me with an ingratiating smile.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I heard the alley door open and Willemse’s voice, smooth and ingratiating.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • He was ingratiating now, inquisitive without being nosy, and I responded easily to the questions.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • This, despite her easily hurt look, her ingratiating ways.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • They were a band of individualists, and a much more ingratiating group than the Massachusetts men.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • His baby eyes looked at Roark with an ingratiating plea.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • My best chance of living was to try and befriend Sarawa, try somehow to ingratiate myself with his friends.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • With an ingratiating little whine the door slid open again and Marvin stomped through.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Rospigliosi, quite set up with his new dignities, went with a good appetite and his most ingratiating manner.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "John!" ventured a small ingratiating voice from the bathroom.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • He likes to ingratiate himself with them.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • The leader assumed an ingratiating smile.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • "You wasted no time ingratiating yourself, did you?" he says.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • ’Now you are here, let me show you everything,’ she said, her voice ingratiating and sweet as honey, horrible, false.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Although Prince Vasili listened reluctantly and not very politely to the elderly lady, even betraying some impatience, she gave him an ingratiating and appealing smile, and took his hand that he might not go away.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • For several weeks I didn’t see him or hear his voice on the phone — mostly I was in New York, trotting around with Jordan and trying to ingratiate myself with her senile aunt — but finally I went over to his house one Sunday afternoon.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • She seemed to smile at him, showing her teeth in an ingratiating rather than a menacing way.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • Indeed, it was remarkable how well he bore these slights and with what unwearying politeness he kept on trying to ingratiate himself with all.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • "Unlike some people," she sniffed, "I don’t ingratiate myself with every monarch I meet."
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • ’Yeah… well… sensitive skin,’ said Hagrid, attempting an ingratiating smile.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • He had opened a small shop on Glasnevin Road where, he flattered himself, his manners would ingratiate him with the housewives of the district.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • The article was an ingratiating portrait of the magazine and its staff, including illustrations with a particularly favourable portrait of Berger.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Her name was Michaela, but the men called her filthy things in dulcet, ingratiating voices, and she giggled with childish joy because she understood no English and thought they were flattering her and making harmless jokes.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • I wish to ingratiate myself.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • She could only stare over the banisters at him and watch his face change from harsh tenseness to a half-contemptuous, half-ingratiating smile.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • They had expected her to fall into the grooves of the patter they relied on with all attractive women, but she only grew more erect in posture as they tried harder and harder to ingratiate themselves, and she stood upright by the windows while they questioned her son.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • He laid aside, too, all the dominant dignity and absolute sway with which he lorded it in his little empire, the school, and became wonderfully gentle and ingratiating.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • I do not know whether he has any design of ingratiating himself with either of us, Harriet, by additional softness, but it strikes me that his manners are softer than they used to be.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • He walked with an upright carriage, both ingratiating and defiant—but one shoulder was higher than the other.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Matvy Ilyitch approached her with a majestic air and ingratiating speeches.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • "We ain’t doing nothing, lady," said Neeley with that ingratiating smile which always won over his mother.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The Lord and Lady of Diamonds, the Lord and Lady of Clubs, and the Lord and Lady of Spades-who together made up Redd’s Cabinet of Military Oversight-shuffled their feet, cleared their throats, and in general enacted every nervous tic available to people unsure of how to ingratiate themselves with their moody, unpredictable leader.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • There was such an ingratiating tone about Hurstwood’s voice, the insinuation was so perceptible that even Carrie got the humor of it.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • All at once there came up a bald-headed, elderly man with ingratiating little eyes, wearing a full, summer overcoat.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Cedric had his own bedroom, played in the complex’s landscaped courtyard with other children, and attended a mostly white elementary school, where his studiousness and good manners quickly ingratiated him to his teachers.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • ROS (hurt, desperately ingratiating) : I-I bet you all the money I’ve got the year of my birth doubled is an odd number.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • And the lock of hair—that too I had always carried about me in the same pocket-book, which was now searched by Madam with the most ingratiating virulence,—the dear lock—all, every memento was torn from me.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Much as he had ingratiated himself with his aunt, she had never yet invited him to stay under her roof, and here was a young whipper-snapper, who at first sight was made welcome there.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • For absolutely no reason except to ingratiate himself and show off his hot little Ivy League intellect.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • "Any fool could see how the girl has ingratiated herself with my father," Mr. Pritchard said.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • He was really going to ingratiate himself with me.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • I narrowed my eyes at Total, who pulled his lips back over his teeth in an embarrassed, ingratiating grin.
    James Patterson  --  School’s Out - Forever
  • The superior capacity he immediately evinced, his constitutional sobriety, ingratiating deference to superiors, together with a peculiar ferreting genius manifested on a singular occasion; all this capped by a certain austere patriotism abruptly advanced him to the position of Master-at-arms.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • He was equable and not cringing with his superiors, was free and ingratiating in his behavior with his equals, and was contemptuously indulgent with his inferiors.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Aga Hakim was slim, a couple inches taller than Moody, with a thick salt-and-pepper beard and an ingratiating, ever-present grin.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • He had made no attempt to ingratiate himself; he was what he was and he had done what he had done for the good of Mother China.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
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