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When you give a compliment, quickly followed by a rationalization of the circumstances, which takes away all the joy of the compliment.
Origins of how "to pull a Mr. Fox"; from The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl -

Mr. Fox to Ms. Fox: "By the way, you look unbelievably beautiful tonight. You're practically glowing." He then looks up and around him. "Maybe it's the lighting."
by corpisal.delictimus December 18, 2009

Words related to To Pull a Mr. Fox

compliment manly realistic tactless unromantic