bring (someone or oneself) to (do something)

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bring (someone or oneself) to (do something)

1. To cause or inspire one to take a particular action. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used after "bring." A desire to help my community brought me to volunteer at the local soup kitchen. Your mother and I just cannot fathom what would bring you to disrespect us like that.
2. To muster the courage or resolve to do something, typically something unpleasant or frightening. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used after "bring." I'm sorry, I just can't bring myself to eat snails.
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bring someone to

to help someone return to consciousness. We worked to bring him to before he went into shock. He was finally brought to by the smelling salts.
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bring to

1. Restore to consciousness, as in I'll see if these smelling salts will bring her to. Also see bring around, def. 2.
2. Cause a vessel to stop by heading into the wind or some other means. For example, As they neared the anchorage, they brought the boat to. This usage was first recorded in 1753.
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bring to

v.
1. To cause a ship to turn toward the wind or come to a stop: Some lines were dragging overboard, so we brought the ship to and hauled them in again.
2. To cause someone to recover consciousness: I fainted, but the smelling salts brought me to right away.
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References in classic literature ?
You've come down in the world if you can bring yourself to flatter.
How, therefore, could you bring yourself to send me that book, my beloved?
In the seventh place, try, by the frequent thought of death," the Rhetor said, "to bring yourself to regard it not as a dreaded foe, but as a friend that frees the soul grown weary in the labors of virtue from this distressful life, and leads it to its place of recompense and peace.
Go, sir," said the king; "and should I forget you (kings' memories are short), do not be afraid to bring yourself to my recollection.
Answer me honestly: can you bring yourself to do that, after what happened at Mr.
Come,” he cried, “come, Mistress Remarkable, bring yourself to an anchor on this chair.
I think I should love you more, if that were possible, if you could bring yourself to do it, since there's no other way of escape for 'ee.
He never squandered the funds of his company nor ill-treated his subordinates, I am absolutely certain of it; I cannot imagine how you could bring yourself to write such a calumny
A stiff note and a check will do it, but Miss Manners hopes you can bring yourself to be gracious, to encourage the good side of your erstwhile friend's split nature.
Obviously your job is going to be to bring yourself to that character, but you really need the guideline of the writers.
If you can't bring yourself to care for living ones, artificial ones will do nicely, are made very well and are easy to find.
Maybe you've been stalking a brooch advertised as having once been hers on a resale site lately, but can't quite bring yourself to pull the trigger, because honestly, how hard is it to take any piece of random costume jewelry and say it belonged to Joan Rivers?
This promises to be an absorbing contest and even if you can't quite bring yourself to back the Dutchman off scratch, he can at least strike handicap gold.
How you could bring yourself to be so mean to your late wife's mother, only you can answer.
If you can't bring yourself to take 2-5 what about under 2.