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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"Sire, the kindness your majesty deigns to evince towards me is a recompense which so far surpasses my utmost ambition that I have nothing more to ask for."
"And now," he said, "may I inquire what are the orders with which your majesty deigns to honor me?"
He is fed up to five times a day, by his own people and then whichever lucky neighbours he deigns to visit and bestow that honour on.
THIS Farrelly brothers comedy tells of a selfish man who only deigns to date women he considers to be physically flawless.
And being grumpy is excellent" Film-maker Michael Winner "When a left-wing Hollywood star deigns to play a right-wing heroine, odds are the result will irritate everyone" Barbara Amiel, wife of jailed Lord Black, on Meryl Streep's film portrayal of Margaret Thatcher "When I walk in Los Angeles, it's me and my 14 dogs.
Skybet have a host of specials on what moody Sharon Osbourne might do if she deigns to turn up for tomorrow's show, including 3-1 that she does not sit next to rival judge Dannii Minogue and 5-1 that she again sees two of her acts in the bottom two.
Maybe we should call Mr Blair "Jimmy" the next time he deigns to pay us a visit.
Nowhere in this book do we learn whether Ajami's earlier hopes have been changed, defeated, or strengthened by what he has found on the ground in Iraq; he is happy to focus his discerning gaze on the odd bystander, but he never deigns to turn it on himself.
I am also glad that our present Labour MP, Birmingham-based Gisela Stewart, immediately dispensed with Dame Jill's practice of holding appointmentonly surgeries, allowing residents to see their MP for help when they need it and not when the MP deigns to make time for residents.
Jose Mourinho will not see much wrong in this big-headed contender and wherever he deigns to watch the race from, we all know Jose cannot go far wrong these days.
He's a Brazilian soccer prodigy, and when he finally deigns to join the team they start winning as never before, with Antonio as the star, eclipsing Joe.
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.
I particularly savor tableaux in which the artist deigns to place a tattered hero-figure in the extreme foreground (say, a Doc Savage type), running boldly toward and past the reader in escape, the implication being that he is too savvy to want a part of the arcane, titanic, wanton struggles at hand.
PRESIDENT CLINTON'S FOREIGN POLicy is as much at sea as the Haitian refugees it now deigns to protect.