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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Dr Haque said lavish spending and excessive borrowing habits in young people could be due to childhood deprivation, resulting in the development of an inability to deny self urges.
The former, considered an unlucky loser previously, appreciated the extra distance to deny Self Respect.
Rallying under Martin Dwyer, the 3-1 chance got back up inside the final strides to deny Self Defense's trainer Pat Chamings his biggest training success in the Group Three prize.
Rallying with determination under Martin Dwyer, the 3-1 chance got back up inside the final strides to deny Self Defense's trainer Pat Chamings his biggest training success in the Group Three prize.
Alas, He who overthrew the money-changers defiling the temple nd realised how hard it was for the rich to deny self must sigh at the greediness of so many the world over, who pass by on the other side with excuses.