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deign to (do something)

To condescend to do something; to do something that one considers below one's status. Now that Billy's famous, I doubt he'll deign to call his own mother.
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deign to do something

to lower oneself to do something. She will never deign to join in with us. I expect that he will not deign to have dinner with us.
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None of the main parties ever deigned to mention in their election campaigns why we are expending the lives of our servicemen (now on a daily basis) guarding fields of opium poppies in Afghanistan.
The first player selected in April's draft has still not deigned to sign a contract with the hapless Oakland Raiders and doesn't look likely to be seen all season given the vast amount of information a rookie quarterback has to soak up before he's ready to be let loose.
By the time a service finally arrived and deigned to stop and allow us on, it was 5.
But the only interviews JK deigned to allow were from wee kids who had won general knowledge quizzes about her books.
Green-fingered football fans scooped a recent away win at the Chelsea Flower Show for the garden deigned by Landscape Management Services, Killingworth.
When she finally deigned to show up, with four burly bodyguards in tow, she provoked boos from the appalled fashion lovers.
In the late 1980s such media as deigned to notice Manning and his ragtag band of followers generally pronounced them "kooks"; people who met in church basements or municipal arenas to hear from a shy, bespectacled man with a high, squeaky voice about how Canadian politics might be done differently.
This lovely five-story mansion has Italianate architecture throughout the interior, beautiful inlaid floors, 12-foot ceilings, a garden, a terrace and 25-foot, two-story extension deigned by Stanford White.
A new range of products deigned to facilitate the development and deployment of business intelligence infrastructure for the PeopleSoft Enterprise Performance Management solution has been released by Ardent Software Inc.
Okay, she also deigned to attend the conventions, which she obligingly recounts in two non-reflective, empty-your-notebooks chapters).
ONLY Sporting have deigned to offer spread punters anything to chew on before the Tour de France, writes Bruce Millington.
As the driver got off to call the police, the young girls deigned to leave the bus, drenching the driver with a bottle of water in the process and still screaming abuse