What does 'Fish for compliments' mean?

Usually said of someone who puts themselves down (similar to false modesty) in the hope that others will contradict them, and in the process, compliment them.

Sam: I'm no good at drawing!
Judy: Nonsense! You're an excellent artist!
Bob: Aw, he was just fishing for compliments.

  • Category: General
  • Contributed By: John Van Pelt

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