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deign to (do something)

To condescend to do something; to do something that one considers below one's status. Now that Billy's famous, I doubt he'll deign to call his own mother.
See also: deign, to
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deign to do something

to lower oneself to do something. She will never deign to join in with us. I expect that he will not deign to have dinner with us.
See also: deign, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Deign had been found too formal, please too informal.
Apart from anything else, it's sheer greed, given their gold-bottomed pensions - Dannatt picked up a lump sum of PS260,000 plus PS80k a year - not to mention the PS400 they can pocket every day they deign to grace the House of Lords with their esteemed presence.
I sincerely hope the courts take this into account and do not deign to waste any more public time and money on this "case", and that the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds concentrate their efforts on matters with more sinister intent than Mr Railton's unfortunate mistake.
Margaret O'Leary also began her career as a trainee reporter for Celtic Newspapers before being appointed news sub-editor for the Echo in 1988 and is now a senior deign sub-editor at the paper.
Jesse can also find fault with the few things she does deign to eat.
And when he did deign to show up, he wasn't much use as a student.
Surely they do not deign to travel in petrol cars or on diesel buses?
Sir - i was flattered that someone as exalted as Dr Robyn Lewis should deign to reply to my abysmally ignorant letter.
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There was no sign of his pregnant former girlfriend Liz Hurley, who'd of course never deign to step foot into anywhere as humble as the Anglesea Arms.
But when Namaan came, Elisha would not deign even to go out to see him; only a demeaning message came back: "Go and wash seven times in the Jordan ...
To be honest, the writing improves when the gals deign to "stoop" just a little.
It is beyond belief that he has resorted to using the columns of The Journal- and for ncjMedia to deign to give him the benefit of the column inches - to tell the world that he's lost the contents of his email boxes ("Please send important emails again", Voice of the North, November 15).
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That is assuming they deign to speak to you at all before they switch to the automated message.