I am actually looking for a phrase which means"don't fool yourself "

For example : The phrase "get over yourself" is used for someone who thinks that they are more important than other people.

In the same way please let me know if there is any phrase that is used to say someone to stop fooling themselves?

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    I think "don't fool yourself" is fine.
    – kevin
    Jan 9, 2017 at 15:11

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One could say 'don't kid yourself' - meaning don't delude or fool yourself into believing something.

  • How about don't lull yourself
    – EngFan
    Jan 9, 2017 at 15:13
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    @engfan: No - to "lull" means to calm someone down, or cause them to relax. It doesn't have anything to do with misleading.
    – psmears
    Jan 9, 2017 at 18:19
  • @psmears : en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/lull
    – EngFan
    Jan 9, 2017 at 18:23
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    @engfan: 'lull' meaning 'fool' can really only occur in the construction "lull somebody into a false sense of security" (as in your link). So you can say "don't lull yourself into a false sense of security." But you can't say "don't lull yourself."
    – TonyK
    Jan 9, 2017 at 18:50
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    Or, as @kevin says, don't fool yourself is idiomatic. Jan 9, 2017 at 22:02

Three expressions I can think of at the moment.

Example #1:

Don't be a fool! She's lying. She doesn't really love you. All she wants is your money.

Example #2:

Get your head out of the clouds! No one will give you a job without education. If you're not gonna study hard, you're not gonna succeed in life!

Example #3:

Don't fall for it! She doesn't really love you. It's your money she's after!


How about: "Open your eyes!" "Wake up!" But if you are trying to be clear about something just say what you have to say, don't try and make it sound cool.

You want to ask or suggest to another person to not to be 'taken in' by something?

Where I grew up, saying "Wake up!" means, stop dreaming and pay attention. Or look at what you are seeing -- wake up your mind to what is really happening.

  • I think the question is quite clear!!
    – EngFan
    Jan 9, 2017 at 16:28
  • Okay, I've never heard or seen the expression yourself self.
    – WRX
    Jan 9, 2017 at 16:30
  • Sorry!!😞 my bad I didn't see that. Thanks for the correction 😊
    – EngFan
    Jan 9, 2017 at 17:03
  • that's okay, so I will edit.
    – WRX
    Jan 9, 2017 at 17:08

You could say "take your head out of the sand"

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    Hmm, that doesn't seems to be the exact phrase..
    – EngFan
    Jan 9, 2017 at 13:36
  • @engfan You are right, and it's not exactly the same, but it is similar and appropriate, depending on context.
    – Andrew
    Jan 9, 2017 at 16:12

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