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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."
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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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The Pope's recent addition to canon law does not establish a specific penalty for denying truths of the second level.
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Caiaphas was the second heretic, the first Arian, denying Christ's divinity.
Someone convinced of the essential harmlessness of homosexuality might simply ask about same-sex marriage, "Why not?" and get replies from the establishment to the effect of "It's just not done, you know," or It will never play in Peoria." But a cogent answer to the question would have to show that there is some compelling state interest that justifies denying to homosexuals fundamental civil rights enjoyed by heterosexuals.
In denying the taxpayer's request, the Court of Appeals did not disagree with this interpretation of the statute, but noted that the Tax Court had not denied his original claim because he "had reason to know" of the understatement.
A state prisoner who had a history of substance abuse brought an action for prospective injunctive relief against state parole officials, alleging that the parole authority followed an unwritten policy of automatically denying parole to prisoners with substance abuse histories, in violation of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).
By providing this post-deprivation remedy, and then denying claims pursued under it when a statute is later found unconstitutional, the state engages in what amounts to a "bait-and-switch" tactic, rendering the post-deprivation remedy meaningless.
In this case the Gay 90's, a Minneapolis bar accused of denying entry to the plaintiffs because they were not gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
The appeals court noted denying an inmate the use of certain electronic equipment does not impose a significant hardship, nor do restrictions on canteen purchases or the types of purchases and personal property allowed.
The inmate alleged that the sheriff carried out a policy of denying or delaying needed medical care for cost-savings reasons.
The district court noted that a prisoner may be denied out-of-cell exercise under what is termed a "safety exception,' hut that a blanket policy denying such prisoners any opportunity for out-of-cell exercise could not be justified.