curse (someone or oneself) for (something)

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curse (someone or oneself) for (something)

1. To call evil upon one for something they have done. If he ever mistreats my daughter, I will certainly curse him for it.
2. To criticize oneself. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "curse" and "for." As I sat in the traffic jam, I cursed myself for not leaving the house earlier.
See also: curse, for
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

curse someone for something

to damn someone for doing something; to invoke evil upon someone for doing something. She cursed her mother for ever having borne her. Over and over, she cursed herself for ever having come there.
See also: curse, for
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Millwall will curse themselves for missing chances late on that might have eased their relegation worries, but Potter insisted his players' resilience earned deserved reward.
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They'll be wheeling Lord Haw Haw out next to scare us: "The people of England will curse themselves for having preferred ruin from Churchill to peace from Hitler."
When Indians come to their senses and realise what a big ride Narendra Modi has taken them for, they are bound to curse themselves for not granting Sonia the mandate to rule for a third successive term.
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Those who were lucky enough to find it go away with delicious dresses, and those who didn't curse themselves for missing a major fashion moment.
If City go down they will certainly curse themselves for dropping five points to Scunthorpe, the Lincolnshire side poaching a draw at the Ricoh Arena despite being reduced to nine men.
And when she bumps into Sam on her way, the couple each make excuses for not having lunch with the other, then curse themselves for lying.
The aging Railways should curse themselves for the defeat as their players lacked the proper finish and threw away a number of scoring opportunities.
How Wales will curse themselves for two mistakes late on.
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The Bees enjoyed the better of the first half and they were starting to curse themselves for failing to capitalise on Sunderland's amateur defending.
ACCRINGTON snatched two late goals to notch their second suc-cessive UniBond Premier League victory, while the Seagulls were left to curse themselves for losing this game.
Saints will curse themselves for allowing Healey to saunter through, having failed to spot that he had switched deliberately from fly-half to scrum-half to exploit the chance.