deign to (do something)

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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
References in classic literature ?
We are discussing things seriously; but if you won't deign to give me your attention, I will drop your acquaintance.
No doubt, in the eyes of men, it has none; but I look on it as a slight expiation for a fearful sin of which I have been guilty, and if your Highness will deign to listen to my tale, you will see that no punishment could atone for the crime.
O lady, deign to hold in remembrance this heart, thy vassal, that thus in anguish pines for love of thee.
He would not deign to examine even the masterpieces of Elephanta, or the mysterious hypogea, concealed south-east from the docks, or those fine remains of Buddhist architecture, the Kanherian grottoes of the island of Salcette.
I think your majesty will have no need to apply to the police to know where my friends are, but that if you will deign to interrogate the cardinal he can reply without any further inquiry than into his own recollections.
With three flunkies from the hotel forced to help her load the various items of clothing, shoes, handbags, make-up and cosmetics into her waiting limo, the former Spice Girl did actually deign to shift one or two pieces herself.
The clock ticks The chimes ring out Oh, happy sounds - one hour less to get through till it's time to dress You happy sleepers don't know your luck Into bed and bedclothes tuck Drift off to dreamland, only wake When the alarm goes off - it's past daybreak Thank god for books and Radio 4 World News and all before you happy sleepers deign to rise and rub restful sleep from out your eyes.
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.
Chauffeur-driven cars for when they deign to attend meetings and four weeks' paid holidays on top of all the "jollies" we are already paying for?
It is certainly lost on a frail and vulnerable pensioner having to stay in hospital until the council deign to provide the care so desperately needed.
Many respondents objected that we no longer use deign except ironically, as in "Would you deign to close that door?
He spends considerable space excoriating people who deign to like instant coffee, Starbucks coffee, Robusta coffee, espresso, or any number of so-called specialty blends.
Which in plain English means these people are either too lazy or too scared to go back to work but either way they're to be rewarded if they deign to go back.
DEIGN TO DANCE has established her preference for an easy mile run at a strong pace in recent starts, and looks the one to be on in the Attheraces.
There were several gratuitous PDF files (I accidentally clicked one and had to wait the standard half hour for Acrobat Reader to deign to open it) but, joy of joys, the text size can be varied by the user.