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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I too have denied myself, have worked and struggled to make a home for the girl I cared for.
Ah, but I've lived easy in the meantime, never denied myself o' nothing heart desires, and slep' soft and ate dainty all my days but when at sea.
If I had been poor,' said brother Charles, with sparkling eyes; 'if I had been poor, Mr Nickleby, my dear sir, which thank God I am not, I would have denied myself (of course anybody would under such circumstances) the commonest necessaries of life, to help her.
I have it in reserves since I haven't denied myself anything today.
I'd go crazy if I denied myself the occasional treat.
I was like a gibbering idiot because the feelings I've denied myself for many years almost overwhelmed me.
I soon adapted to the lifestyle and denied myself the luxury of eating a chocolate bar in its entirety.
How I rue those years in which I denied myself the story of Saunders and Malterthe story of the Jews in America
What if, though, I had discovered that transition was an option for me earlier in life--would I have denied myself the opportunity to experience childbirth?
I denied myself chocolate and all the trimmings and watched my husband and children eat them instead - it was hard.
The idea being if I denied myself something that everyone else enjoys, I would look cool and detached.
I have wanted a horse for more than 50 years but I've never got one, even though we had the land, as I know they take an awful lot of upkeep and looking after, and I know I would not be able to afford to do it properly, so I have denied myself what I had always wished for and obviously will never have.
I denied myself a PlayStation 2, but now I've lost interest anyway.
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