Mutual Admiration Society Meaning
(idiomatic) A group of two or more people, in a workplace or other social environment, who routinely express considerable esteem and support for one another, sometimes to the point of exaggeration or pretense.
Example: Those two are incessantly flattering one another. They've formed an utterly nauseating mutual admiration society!
1824, The Westminster Review, Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy (London), p. 400:
And the said members did accordingly resolve themselves into a little "mutual admiration society" for the entertainment and benefit of their visitors.
1872, Edward Payson Roe, Barriers Burned Away, ch. 32:
The note is from a special friend of yours; indeed I think you form a little mutual-admiration society.
1889, Fergus Hume, Madame Midas, ch. 13:
Vandeloup smiled at this, and came to the conclusion that the Wopples family was a mutual admiration society.
1919, Virginia Woolf, Night and Day, ch. 26:
If you don't want a mutual admiration society, which dies as soon as you've all discovered each other's faults, you must nobble the Press.
2007 July 17, Bill Gallo," Signs of DiMaggio's greatness," New York Daily News:
Joe DiMaggio and Willie Mays had a mutual admiration society and the Clipper was happy to put his respect into writing.