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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.
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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
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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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In Alabama, which permanently denies felons the right to vote, about one out of every three adult black men is barred for life.
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Cain denies responsibility both for his brother and for his act: "Am I my brother's keeper?" (Genesis 4.9).
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