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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Yet I KNOW that for my sake you deny yourself necessaries.
Even toil will be a joy, you may deny yourself bread for your children and even that will be a joy, They will love you for it afterwards; so you are laying by for your future.
What avails it that you are Christian, if you are not purer than the heathen, if you deny yourself no more, if you are not more religious?
You are a feeble, nervous wretch, and a mass of whims, you're getting fat and lazy and can't deny yourself anything--and I call that dirty because it leads one straight into the dirt.
Don't deny yourself an opportunity to form potentially valuable connections.
'Now if you want to be like His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu go out and slave for the people, go out and think in terms of other people, go out and build the bridges, go out and sow the seed, go out and deny yourself comfort, freedom and sleep, go out and jettison bigotry, morbid hatred, primordial sentiments and ethnic preoccupation, go out and nurture and bring up millions of leaders the way Asiwaju has done for decades, go out and love people who are different from yourself, go out and join others to build a nation.
And there's no need to bin all the treats, because the more you deny yourself something, the more you're likely to want it.
But why deny yourself the genuine pleasure of the journey through the series, when you'd miss so much by not starting at the beginning?
But even with this fact, you deny yourself the joys of travel while you're still young and active.
Flexibility and quality of life are probably why you chose to telecommute in the first place, so don't deny yourself the ability to do fun things when you can.
"You have to be very disciplined and deny yourself.
This way you'll ensure you don't deny yourself, which can lead to bingeing.
No matter how much you try to deny yourself the food you crave, you always end up reverting back to bad habits.
Our five key rules for staying in shape over the summer 1 Moderation is key: Don't deny yourself a beer or two while watching the footie, but remember, you'll need to make up for it later!