stoop to (something)

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stoop to (something)

To do something below a certain standard of dignity, principles, or integrity. Don't stoop to his level. Just ignore him. I can't believe he would stoop to spreading gossip like that. I lost faith in the news site when they stooped to posting vacuous, clickbait-driven trash articles.
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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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References in classic literature ?
They came compactly, as if with discipline, while behind, disorderly, yelling confusedly, stooping to pick up rocks, were seventy-five or a hundred of the striking shopmen.
But stooping to his level is just the encouragement racists like him need to hit back.
So now cellular phone carriers are stooping to the level of cigarette manufacturers by lobbying against a bill that would make our roads safer.