deny (oneself)

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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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You have denied yourself - worked hard, carried many burdens and run great risks to become a millionaire.
'You have denied yourself a golden opportunity to market your animals to potential customers,' he said.
The "starving" phase can't be maintained long and will almost always be followed by "stuffing" when your body compensates for everything you have denied yourself.
Though there's not a single answer to why this disorder develops one writer (in a chapter entitled "I Want to be Like You") explains: "Food represents all the treats you have denied yourself and all the bad things that have happened.
If you had done that in Burnley's defeat of Liverpool in the last round you would have denied yourself a payout when Djimi Traore comically put through his own net for the only goal of the game (own goals don't count for first/last goalscorer and correct-score purposes), so don't make that basic punting error.
No one likes to think about doing anything enjoyable for the last time, but for the growing number of retired people, estimated to hit 15 million in 10 years time, buying their last car or even penultimate car, is an experience which should be treated as an excuse to treat yourself, and look for the little luxuries in a car that you may previously have denied yourself.
You may still be only in the middle of your working life but you have denied yourself a future because you allowed yourself to be handcuffed to your employer's organisation and edged into a cue-sac.
Do you want to share with us what you denied yourself, your study patterns, socialisation dos and don'ts you imposed on yourself etc, to get here?
Though there's not a single answer to why this disorder develops, one writer (in a chapter entitled, "I Want to be Like You") explains: "Food represents all the treats you have denied yourself and all the bad things that have happened.