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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