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.
See also: deny
References in classic literature ?
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.
Women make sacrifices, including denying themselves, to ensure we live in comfort and get the best out of life," he said.
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.
Anybody who does not have a diversified portfolio of real estate investment trusts (Reits) is denying themselves the potential to make money in some of the world's hottest real estate sectors and themes, easily accessed via an interactive brokers or e-trade electronic brokerage account.
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.
The idea of denying themselves something they want is anathema to them.
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.
One child excels in art, but can't get their head around maths - and will possibly leave school at 15 because of this, denying themselves a higher education because teachers can't invest enough time on each individual need.
People tempted by chocolate can avoid it by telling themselves they'll have it later - postponement works better than denying themselves altogether.
Familiarity with the original is not essential, although anyone who has not read it is denying themselves a treat.
But many of them will be involved in the kind of low level mischief that blights all our lives - while of course denying themselves the opportunities a good education can provide.