flattery will get you nowhere

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of flattery will get you nowhere

used to say that praise or flattery will not persuade someone to do what is wanted often used as a joking response to a flattering comment
  • "I'm quite ravenous a good majority of the time, and you cook really, really well. … " "Flattery will get you nowhere," I grinned, thrilled with the compliment.
  • —Jennifer DeLucy

Word by Word Definitions

flattery play
  1. : the act or practice of flattering

  2. : something that flatters

  3. : insincere or excessive praise

will play
  1. used to express futurity

  2. used to express desire, choice, willingness, consent, or in negative constructions refusal

  3. used to express a command, exhortation, or injunction

  1. : a legal declaration of a person's wishes regarding the disposal of his or her property or estate after death

  2. : desire, wish: such as

  3. : disposition, inclination

  1. : to cause or change by an act of will

  2. : intend, purpose

  3. : decree, ordain

get play
  1. : to gain possession of

  2. : to receive as a return : earn

  3. : to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. : something begotten:

  2. : offspring

  3. : the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. : a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

  2. : a religious divorce by Jewish law

you play
  1. : the one or ones being addressed — compare thee, thou, ye, your, yours

  2. : one

nowhere play
  1. : not in or at any place

  2. : to no place

  3. : not at all : not to the least extent

  1. : a nonexistent place

  2. : an unknown, distant, or obscure place or state

  1. : of or relating to a remote or relatively unknown location


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