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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And yet this Reginald, whom a very few words from me softened at once into the utmost submission, and rendered more tractable, more attached, more devoted than ever, would have left me in the first angry swelling of his proud heart without deigning to seek an explanation.
Me go through a performance before her of forgiving, and deigning to bestow my love on her!...
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Soleymani boasts: Major General Qasem Soleymani (photo), the chief of the Qods Force, says the Islamic State will soon be eliminated due to the work of Iran, Iraq, Russia and Syria, not deigning to give the United States any credit at all.
The other accusation levelled at Timberlake was that he couldn't get big enough names teeing it up, a problem that has been well and truly addressed with such luminaries as Max Homa, Chesson Hadley and Hudson Swafford deigning to play.
With the auctioneer about to bang his gavel, Vieira responded with an offer of pounds 510, and the former Arsenal and Manchester United captains traded bids up to pounds 800, neither of them deigning to look at the other during the process.
But now he's a no-hoper along with everyone else deigning to wear a Lions' shirt in New Zealand.
I MADE a note to myself, on Wednesday, to have a good dig at Tony Blair's latest arrogance: making photographers wait for two boiling hours in the Italian sunshine before deigning to come out and pose for some holiday snaps that most of us want to see about as much as...
Supreme Court issued an opinion affirming both portions of the judgment without even deigning to hear arguments.
Yet he swooped in to plop down on the event while even some who had spent months of their own work to make it happen acted as though it was Jackson's deigning to associate himself with us that gave our effort luster and legitimacy.)
In that book he left the matter there, not deigning to exhibit precisely what it is about the symbolic component of joint action that undercuts libertarian political philosophy.
nThe Tucson Open hasn't exactly captured the spread firms' imagination,with only IG deigning to get involved.
It is hard not to share Odendahl's ill-concealed rage as she watches multimillionaires smugly avoid taxes by endowing symphony orchestras and prep schools, while not deigning to notice social problems more serious than the absence of a Van Gogh in the Tulsa art museum.