save oneself

save oneself (for marriage)

Euph. to remain a virgin until marriage. No, I can't. I love you, but I'm saving myself for marriage. His buddies teased him, asking if he was saving himself.
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As freedom is usually understood by weaker individuals as standing naked and defenseless in front of a dark and hostile world, the only way to save oneself is to break a stranger's spirit, or one's own personality.
Growing concern about depleting quality of air and advancement of technologies to save oneself from harmful effects of air pollution has generated huge opportunities for the sale of air purifier's in Chinese market.
That can be by finding Bible verses that seem to support what is a prejudice, choosing out of all of history the things to be considered "traditional values" while ignoring all else, or hiding behind a religious belief to save oneself from examining what it claims to promote.
I raised five children giving them the truth on human sexuality through credible resources approved by leaders who recognize sexuality as being beautiful and good for God's purpose--respect for sexuality and fertility; sexual control in thought and deed; walk, talk and dress modestly; save oneself for marriage and love and respect one's spouse.
Jihad itself has been defined in the Arabic dictionary as "to make the utmost effort to attain something beloved or save oneself from something disliked".
In addition, the danger must be apparent, present, immediate and instantly dealt with under a well-founded belief that it was necessary to save oneself from death or great bodily injury.
This essay lucidly analyzes Florence's political and social structure in the Duecento, and argues that Dante's ambivalent view of nobility reflects that of his society: mythical ideals of justice and antiquity projected onto "a desperate struggle to save oneself and one's kin from banishment and ruin" (109).
He said it was foolish to resign oneself to one's fate without making any efforts to save oneself because life is God's greatest gift to man.
He said extreme care should be taken to save oneself from exposure in cold, especially during morning and evening hours.
Furthermore, to save oneself from being seen in those old embarrassing photographs, a user can simply click on the 'Activity Log', then 'photos of me' and on the top of the page one can customize 'On Timeline' visible settings which allows for bulk-untag.