- 受宠若惊 [shòu chǒng ruò jīng]
- be overwhelmed by an unexpected favour; be overwhelmed by a special favour; be overwhelmed by a superior's favour; be overwhelmed by flattery and honour; feel as if put upon a pedestal; feel overwhelmingly flattered; receive a favour with awed excitement
I felt quite flattered when Jane said that she knew her father would like me. Then I found out that he likes plump women who believe men are superior beings—a bit of a back-handed compliment, I felt.
I had never been spontaneously approached by a publisher and such condescension rather turned my head.