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 ?
They could have found a cooler place, but they would not deny themselves such a romantic feature as the roasting camp-fire.
Human beings--human children especially--seldom deny themselves the pleasure of exercising a power which they are conscious of possessing, even though that power consist only in a capacity to make others wretched; a pupil whose sensations are duller than those of his instructor, while his nerves are tougher and his bodily strength perhaps greater, has an immense advantage over that instructor, and he will generally use it relentlessly, because the very young, very healthy, very thoughtless, know neither how to sympathize nor how to spare.
Were it liquid gold, Monsieur Blaisois, our masters would not deny themselves this wine.
Why are men such fools as to deny themselves the same admirable resource--the simple and soothing occupation which keeps the nerves steady and leaves the mind calm and free?
Some did not deny themselves a little entertainment at the opening of a year which they hoped would bring an ending to the devastating war which had affected so many local families.
Some are able to find reasons to go on and eventual solutions to their problems, but there are others who deny themselves the opportunity to get up after a fall and move forward.
But equally O'Shea (left) wasn't pleased at conceding an 81st minute goal in such an easy fashion to deny themselves a confidenceboosting victory in their last game in the capital before the Euro 2016 finals.
No amount of anger should drive students to burn their own university and deny themselves and others education.
18 endorsement, "It makes no sense for voters to deny themselves a popular service because they're unhappy about something else the city has done.
Owners who procrastinate deny themselves a state-of-the-art service that offers the most timely, accurate and comprehensive traffic picture aviation has ever imagined.
They deny themselves the pleasures that Almighty Allah made lawful for them.
They have a tendency to extreme asceticism, to seek to deny themselves pleasures of the living world, to celebrate the next world at the expense of this world, to oscillate between masochistic self-flagellation, when they think they have been sensual, and bouts of arrogant spiritual pride, when they convince themselves they have risen above the senses.
They are all very skinny but they will still have something sweet, they don't deny themselves.
there really are not too many spoilers, so if readers cannot find Sketchy (book one of the Bea Catcher Chronicles), they should not deny themselves Snitch.
It baffles me that Welsh schools are cutting down on second helpings to prevent obesity while other kids go hungry, though their mothers deny themselves food to feed them.