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.
See also: deign
References in classic literature ?
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?
His favourite of the many unusual spots he likes to hang out is on top of any door that opens meaning his people have to wait until he deigns to jump down before they can close it, as obviously it's the height (pun intended) of bad manners to ever move a cat.
THIS Farrelly brothers comedy tells of a selfish man who only deigns to date women he considers to be physically flawless.
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.
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.
Next time a denizen of downtown or the Westside deigns to visit this dusty, dismal depression between the hills, call me.
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.
Atmel's FPSLIC total starter kit solution will help to bring customers deigns to completion earlier," Mason concluded.
California decision is the question of community standards; at least on paper, the High Court deigns to allow communities to outlaw materials that are patently perverse.