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deny (oneself)

To deprive oneself (of something). I'm denying myself desserts right now, while I'm on this diet. Learning to deny yourself is an integral part of Lent.
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deny (something) to (someone or something)

To keep one from doing, having, or accessing something. I would never deny a great opportunity to you! You should follow your dreams! They don't want to get divorced and deny a stable home to their children.
See also: deny, to

justice delayed is justice denied

Justice served at a later time has as little impact as justice not being served at all. A: "We need to get this matter before a judge quickly." B: "Of course. Justice delayed is justice denied."
See also: delay, deny, justice
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

deny someone or something to someone

to prevent someone from having someone or something. Would you deny her children to her after all these long months? I would not deny food to a starving man.
See also: deny, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The BIR ruled that there is no specific provision in the Tax Code that expressly provides for another mode of recovering unapplied input VAT, particularly the proposition that denied or prescribed input taxes may be treated outright as deductible expense for income tax purposes.
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Khan, Amjad Mahmood, 32, Mohammed Irfan, 30, Zahoor Iqbal, 30, and Hamid Elasmir, 44, denied assisting terrorism by supplying equipment.
Irfan, of Asquith Road, Ward End, Birmingham, denied having a CD containing information about explosives.
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The opposition's "Trigger" could very easily be one of the poorest ballhandlers, while the passer who made the reversal pass (1) is probably one of the better ballhandlers and would then be denied the re-reversal pass, since the 10-second time limit has already started.
Prison officials denied Kaufman's request arguing that it was not motivated by "religious" beliefs.
Noel Tully, 36, of Wood Street, who worked at Brian Jackson & Co, denied two conspiracy charges.
The district court denied summary judgment for the defendants and they appealed.
In addition, while arbitrators denied Kidder Peabody's claims against Jett, they also denied Jett's claims for payment of the approximately $2.9 million deferred portion of his bonuses and denied his claims for interest as well as punitive damages.