ingratiate oneself

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Regardless of whether the goal is to ingratiate oneself to a client or to take aerial photographs for a listing, it seems that having trouble finding a particular house during a flyover is common.
And in a country that hosts nine percent of the world's proven oil reserves, it doesn't hurt to ingratiate oneself by contributing to the development of a showcase project, heavily invested with pride.
Weitzman begins with the premise that, under foreign authorities, "the basic options available to Jews were limited--one could ingratiate oneself with foreign rule, operate within its blind spots, or find a way to augment one's power and fight it off" (p.