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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Moss; but to all his requirements of household economy she was submissive to the point of denying herself the cheapest indulgences of mere flavor; her only rebellion was to smuggle into the kitchen something that would make rather a better supper than usual for Tom.
She might have been unconsciously sucking in the sad poison, while a sharer of his conversation with her friend; and from the best, the purest of motives, might now be denying herself this visit to Ireland, and resolving to divide herself effectually from him and his connexions by soon beginning her career of laborious duty.
If she persisted, for the next three hours, in denying herself the repose which she sorely needed, the chances were that her nerves might fail her, through sheer exhaustion, when the time came for facing the risk and making the effort to escape.
As the desire continued to grow and her body began to change, the pleasures that Kat had been denying herself all those years eventually boiled over.
In her own soft feminine way, the Queen became a leader of fashion before the war cut short its influence and power, and, although she has set a remarkable example by denying herself any new clothes - apart from essential odd and ends which, she recently confessed, she had spent nearly all her coupons - since war broke out she has succeeded in keeping fashion's flag.
As with other of her more recent works, Shafak wrote The Architect's Apprentice in English rather than Turkish, and the writing is stylish and charming, such as this description of Jahan's first impression of Istanbul: "Denying herself at every step, changing disposition in each quarter, caring and callous at once, Istanbul gave generously and, with the same breath, recalled her gift.
Though Danielle knows the CEO is only a temporary visitor, she has trouble denying herself the kisses she craves.
As long as I am healthy who cares?' Claire says denying herself food made her crave it more and balance is the key.
The 37-year-old singer is expecting her first baby with husband Josh Duhamel and isn't denying herself any of her favourite foods.
"The constant thought it must take to be thin would be a full-time job in itself" Businesswoman and vice chairman of West Ham United Karren Brady says she has come to terms with her shape and has stopped denying herself the things that she likes.
Kirsty followed a diet plan drawn up with foods she liked so it didn't feel like she was denying herself.
But as she's enjoying herself on Dancing On Ice and - much to her own surprise - heading into week eight of the competition, it's obvious that denying herself is paying off for Denise.
Debbie Ayton, wife of self-made millionaire IT consultant Nick, is used to spending pounds 10,000 a month and denying herself nothing.
While the first film was about denial - a woman denying herself in order to rule - this was more about acceptance.
While the first film was about denial - a woman denying herself in order to rule - this was more about acceptance, and a woman who was having to confront the fact that she was ageing and what that meant.