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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I might have suspected other people of purposely denying themselves to me.
Indeed who is there that walks London streets, but can point out a half-dozen of men riding by him splendidly, while he is on foot, courted by fashion, bowed into their carriages by tradesmen, denying themselves nothing, and living on who knows what?
Ghek wondered if much was to be gained by denying themselves still further, and with the thought came a question as to the whole fabric of their theory.
"While denying themselves, they raised funds for the Revolutionary Mongolia tank brigade and the Mongolian Arat fighter squadron."
"So many people shut out the natural sounds around them by wearing headphones, but they are denying themselves the wonderful effects nature can have on our mental health."
And the truth is, if businesses do not evolve with the needs of their workforce, they are likely to be denying themselves access to the best talent pools.
NIGERIANS who are desirous of commanding followership and respect like the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, have been enjoined to be ready to serve the people while denying themselves comfort, freedom and sleep.
People who break that contract are not getting off easy, they're denying themselves the rewards of deeper connection and responsibility.
'Parents have sacrificed for you by denying themselves basic needs to have you succeed in education.
I have never understood why an audience, listening to a choir reach the heights with a glorious "Amen", should applaud as soon as the choir begins to climb the highpoint, thus denying themselves a proper appreciation.
They sat patiently for hours, denying themselves their precious cigarettes - that's how much they wanted to be there.
Shock No1 came early on Sunday evening when Yorkshire Vikings lost by 19 runs to Surrey at Headingley in the semi-final of the Royal London One-Day Cup, so denying themselves a Lord's final for the second consecutive year.
"They are denying themselves talent, stymying young people's social mobility and fuelling the social divide that bedevils Britain."
He argued that violence undermined these values and those groups who pursued this path were denying themselves the opportunity to benefit from the country's programme of reform and the achievements this brings.