despite (oneself)

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despite (oneself)

Despite one not wanting or intending to. I enjoyed our walk but had to sit down despite myself because my knee started bothering me.
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despite yourself

used to indicate that you did not intend to do the thing mentioned.
1995 Ginu Kamani Junglee Girl Sahil chuckled, despite himself.
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When he said 'or you,' Mrs Varden, despite herself, relaxed into a smile.
But when they invite tall, awkward Samantha to a "smut salon," she is curious despite herself. What could these cardigan-clad ladies--whose idea of a helpful fiction critique is clasping hands while proclaiming, Can I just say I loved living in your lines and that's where I want to live forever now?--possibly know about smut?
But when a hesitant, heavily accented stranger appears in the dead of winter (seemingly out of nowhere, kicking snow from his flimsy dress shoes) the wary Kathleen is intrigued, despite herself. He says he's a student from Uzbekistan.
Tobin's enthusiasm for Bigfoot is infectious and despite herself Lemonade is drawn into his quest and in this way begins to meet other members of the tiny community.
Eliza's transformation, both as a businesswoman and as a woman who, despite herself, discovers love, was well documented.
Ms Altmann has previously told Ms McKinnell there is "no more" she can do on the matter, despite herself having campaigned against the 2011 changes in her previous role as director general of Saga.
Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy is the first in the Amanda Lester, Detective series, offering fans an updated heroine: an independent, smart, and sassy young protagonist who finds herself embracing her destiny as a detective despite herself. The supporting characters include a blind girl, a geek, and a priggish boy who is a thorn in Amanda's side, not to mention a descendant of Holmes's nemesis, Professor Moriarty.
But there's a sneaking suspicion that, despite herself, Carla secretly still loves and misses him, too.
When Jane broke through, overnight success did not exist and, despite herself finding fame after a television show, Jane feels that was a good thing.
Despite herself being a target in the Brighton bombing, she approved secret talks between government officials and the IRA leadership in 1990 - talks which paved the way for the peace process.
But I could tell she got a big kick out of it despite herself'.
"I think you should be able to say important things to the biggest audience." As for Murphy, Barkin didn't need to be sold on him: She was a big fan of Nip/Tuck and, despite herself, also watches his other current show, the FX series American Horror Story.
Now, despite herself, she couldn't help thinking of the shock and chagrin she'd felt when, on her next visit to Alltgoch, there was no sign of the caravan.
lips of a real pervert" draw her in despite herself. Israel is an amazing lover, but as things progress, and he asks Sheila to do ever more risque things like expose herself to an older man at a bar (which she does with disturbing results), and to pleasure herself with a rolled-up magazine, the shine predictably wears off, and she is able to walk away from the relationship.