against (one's) better judgment

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against (one's) better judgment

In spite of one's apprehension or objections. Against his better judgment, Joe let his daughter attend her friend's party. I allowed my obnoxious co-worker to accompany me on my work trip, against my better judgment. A: "You named your loudmouth cousin your senior advisor?" B: "Yes, against my better judgment. At least this way, I'll be able to keep a close eye on him."
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against one's better judgment

Despite serious misgivings or objections, as in Against my better judgment, I told her to come whenever she pleased.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

against your better judgement

contrary to what you feel to be wise or sensible.
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against your better ˈjudgement

(especially British English) (American English usually against your better ˈjudgment) although you know your action, decision, etc. is not sensible: She was persuaded against her better judgement to lend him the money, and now she’s regretting it.
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She told him against her better judgment that Howards End was in Hertfordshire.
Miss Alan was always thus being charitable against her better judgment. A delicate pathos perfumed her disconnected remarks, giving them unexpected beauty, just as in the decaying autumn woods there sometimes rise odours reminiscent of spring.
But when they are sought - when the citadel of the heart is fairly besieged - it is apt to surrender sooner than the owner is aware of, and often against her better judgment, and in opposition to all her preconceived ideas of what she could have loved, unless she be extremely careful and discreet.
She had agreed to the fight much against her better judgment, and had regretted her consent every minute of the hour she had just waited; so that, as she opened the front door, she was expectant of any sort of a terrible husband-wreck.
Even Katharine was slightly affected against her better judgment by her mother's enthusiasm.
In Trust Me, from August 8, Jodie plays Cath, who not only wangles her way into the new medical job but also - against her better judgment - finds a new, hunky boyfriend.
Her maternal instinct works against her better judgment and Claire becomes increasingly involved in the older woman's dramas.
Against her better judgment, and even against her own will.
Against her better judgment, she invites him inside.
Against her better judgment, Cordie loads up the family boat and sets sails with lone and their baby sister Neevy, actually reaching the secret island of the selkies.
She fell for him against her better judgment. He told her that he wanted to settle down and have a family.
In an understated perf, Maggie Gyllenhaal in "Crazy Heart" plays a journo/divorced single mom who against her better judgment becomes involved with Jeff Bridges' booze-sodden, flabby, irresponsible, over-the-hill country singer.
Against her better judgment, Abby agrees to let Mike help her woo the perfect man using all his best techniques.
Her father, a born-again hippie, is dating a younger woman; she joins the crew team against her better judgment and is training (sort of) for a marathon.
After some extensive begging from Skye and a tense call from Flynn, her high school sweet heart, Faith makes the trip back home to Minnesota against her better judgment.