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deny (one)self

To deprive oneself of something. I'm denying myself desserts right now, while I'm on this diet.
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justice delayed is justice denied

Justice served at a later time has as little impact as justice not being served at all. A: "We need to get this matter before a judge quickly." B: "Of course. Justice delayed is justice denied."
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deny (something) to (someone or something)

To keep one from doing, having, or accessing something. I would never deny a great opportunity to you! You should follow your dreams! They don't want to get divorced and deny a stable home to their children.
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deny someone or something to someone

to prevent someone from having someone or something. Would you deny her children to her after all these long months? I would not deny food to a starving man.
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Liam Clarke, 19, denies shouting, swearing and making homophobic comments on Glasgow's Gallowgate.
Barry Burke, 19, of Stonedale Crescent, Croxteth, denies guns and arson conspiracies and conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs.
Zuckerberg denies the allegations contained in paragraph 16 of the Amended Complaint, except admits that he responded to an online job listing concerning StreetFax.
A final important factor in weighing whether an item has been abandoned is whether a person denies possession or ownership.
Mohammed, of Middlesbrough Road, South Bank, denies sexual assault of a child under 13.
The hotel's former manager John Yarrall, 57, from Basingstoke denies a health and safety charge.
He also denies wounding Fearon with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, and denies possessing a Winchester 12-bore pump-action shotgun with intent to endanger life.
Now the entire LAUSD system denies any responsibility for the Belmont Learning Center fiasco.
At the end of a century full of ironies, the United Church of Canada has struck a peculiarly wavering and quavering note by electing a Moderator who, I hear, denies that Christ is God.
We have #2 follow the pass and help #4 trap the receiver, as #5 fronts the post, #1 drops to the key, and #3 denies the return pass to the backcourt.
183(a) denies loss deductions if an activity is not engaged in for profit.
Deception regarding the nature of rights being waived or the consequences of that decision denies suspects the requisite level of comprehension of their rights to make a knowing and intelligent Miranda waiver.
CSGU denies that businessman John Eckerd is a company co-founder, shareholder or officer; denies any formal connection with Ni4Ni Productions; and denies authorizing Daystrike Marketing to distribute unauthorized or unlawful information.
I have no respect for any organized religion that denies women, gays, and lesbians equality even if those traditions are deeply ingrained and central to the doctrine of the faith.
Robert Hallsmith, 66, of Heol Muston, Ely, Cardiff, denies three counts of theft; Terence Dickman, 44, of Circle Way East, Llanedeyrn, Cardiff, denies three counts of theft;