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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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In the same poem at line 18 he uses "vouchsafes" for "degno." I think "deigns" would have been equally poetic, but he probably wanted two syllables.
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But, of course, he will be carefully shielded when he deigns to come among us this weekend and we won't get the chance to ask him.
Calzaghe's punching power cannot be questioned since he decked Chris Eubank to take this title three years ago, but whether he deigns to use it is another thing.
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The miserable old man of rock deigns to come back and share with us his greatness.