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stoop to something

to do something that makes your moral standards lower They have stooped to using threats of violence in order to get their way.
Usage notes: often used in the forms stoop to someone's level or stoop to the level of dong something: The president shouldn't stoop to the level of exchanging insults.
Etymology: from the literal meaning of stoop (to bend forward and down to make yourself smaller)
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stoop to

Condescend to something beneath one's dignity, as in She wouldn't stoop to listening to that obnoxious gossip. [Second half of 1500s]
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stoop to

v.
To do something degrading or reprehensible to achieve one's ends: It's a shame that the museum has to stoop to cheap gimmicks in order to attract visitors.
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That bare form could be quite useful, given that Stoop To Conquer was formerly a decent staying handicapper on the Flat and he was well fancied to make a winning hurdle debut at Ludlow.
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But Jones will be at The Stoop to cheer on the Wales No 10.
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But organised racism is one of the most shameful activities a community member can stoop to.