deny (one)self

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deny (one)self

To deprive oneself of something. I'm denying myself desserts right now, while I'm on this diet.
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References in classic literature ?
It was an indulgence that a person of more wisdom or more experience would doubtless have denied herself.
Knowing him as she did, she should have trained the baby in the first place to go to sleep alone, should have denied herself those added sweet moments.
Young women old in the vices of the commonest and worst life, were expected to profess themselves enthralled by the good child's book, the Adventures of Little Margery, who resided in the village cottage by the mill; severely reproved and morally squashed the miller, when she was five and he was fifty; divided her porridge with singing birds; denied herself a new nankeen bonnet, on the ground that the turnips did not wear nankeen bonnets, neither did the sheep who ate them; who plaited straw and delivered the dreariest orations to all comers, at all sorts of unseasonable times.
After having denied herself to everybody, Miss Rachel, to our astonishment, walked into the midst of us of her own accord.
Even under the ludicrous circumstances, Poehler is oddly touching as a lifelong wallflower finally trying on the debauchery she denied herself in her teens; meanwhile, it's a treat to see Fey, so practiced in flustered type-A mode, hang loose as a sorely overgrown adolescent being overtaken by her own daughter.
Maria denied herself most creature comforts on the trip except an iPod, which she avoided using until later in the trip.
Playfully, she also threads the novel with grace notes about choices and time, such as allowing Ursula to buy the yellow party dress in one life that she denied herself in an earlier one.
In reality, she was brought to Cyprus to care for my aunt, yet has become an invaluable companion to my cousin, although lately, I have detected a hint of sadness creeping into her ever smiling eyes, having forsaken her homeland and denied herself the right to marry and have children in favour of remittances that are crucial in supporting her impoverished family?
She denied herself new shoes, clothing or outings unless absolutely necessary and cut spending drastically.
It has been a joy for her to see her grandchildren grow up - something she denied herself with her own children.
Writing her life story accessed emotions the author had long denied herself.
For several years she battled the stigma and denied herself treatment out of fear of retribution and losing her four children.
A MOTHER who denied herself drug treatment to have her first baby has been told she will never walk again.
She denied herself simple comforts, mixed ashes in her food, and once slept on a bed covered in thorns.
Determined to experience everything she's denied herself, Georgia enjoys a ``Pretty Woman'' shopping spree, undergoes weird and wonderful spa treatments, and orders everything on the chef's special menu, which totally endears her to the hotel's French culinary star (Gerard Depardieu).