despite (oneself)

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despite (oneself)

Used when one does something even though they did not want or intend 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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All that said this was a serious speech by a serious politician and, despite myself, I cannot help but be impressed by both the ambition and the coherence of her appeal.
Still, National Poetry Month has a way of grabbing you whether you want to participate or not, and soon I found myself reading poetry in schools, small-town libraries and senior centers almost despite myself.
When I trust God to hold my fife in perfect tension, to guide me in a sometimes winding path with a little fun, creativity, and companionship thrown in, I will find that my work and my fife accomplish God's purpose-sometimes despite myself.
Despite myself - and the fact that we gathered at Gatwick Airport at 4.
I don't control those feelings: they overtake me, despite myself.
Lethem] wants to kiss our hand, and, despite myself, I want to kiss him back.
I had forgotten how much fun they were to catch, and despite myself I was soon yelling "Fish on
Sometimes, despite myself, I'd imagine him in a Gaza cellar, bound, perhaps wired with explosives to thwart a rescue attempt.
I'm trying to make up for lost time, I've been dragged to gigs and actually enjoyed them despite myself.
That said, I was drawn into the unfolding tale, with suspense and tension building to a slambang denouement, and almost despite myself found it a satisfying read.
I have five children who were all in elementary school when I was divorced, and I raised them on my own - despite myself being uneducated, now they are all educated and employed.
But I also liked the whiteness of his skin and the faint lines on his forehead, his plumpness, his shyness and the eyes, the milkiness of the whites, and his manners, his etiquette, despite myself.
Yet, despite myself, I can't keep from watching right up to the inevitably disappointing revelation.
And, despite myself and my selfsabotage, I've still been successful.