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.
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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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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."
"Uncle of the Full Moon," was the reply, "deign to know that they are as the waves of the ocean, the sands of the desert and the stars of Heaven!"
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."
Will the council ever deign to ask the people what they think about decisions such as this?
Jesse can also find fault with the few things she does deign to eat.
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.
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.
Sir Alex Ferguson might not deign to grace us hacks with his presence after routine Premier League games, but that is no reason for the supposed biggest club in the world to disrespect Martin O'Neill.
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.
ME: 'Oddly enough, the vast majority of those politicians who did deign to reply were opposed to any such law.
The Draft Translation of the Order of Mass that ICEL proposed in 2004 contained a prayer to God the Father "deign to make this offering in every way blessed." Many respondents objected that we no longer use deign except ironically, as in "Would you deign to close that door?" addressed to a careless teen.