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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I love the Olympics despite themselves because I prefer symbolic wars to real ones.
The most deadly is the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps ( IRGC), which has eliminated the terrorists from much of Syria, despite themselves being in the crosshairs of two influential countries and a major bloc, the US, Israel and the GCC.
Destination Wedding' tells the story of two miserable and unpleasant wedding guests, both pariahs at this affair, who develop a mutual affection despite themselves.
And yet what also comes through in Gonte's beautiful play is that despite themselves, each character also longs to be part of something better, a better world, a better country.
The response was touching, Savva said, as people rushed to buy items on the group's list of necessary items, despite themselves struggling to get by.
Many member states, despite themselves endorsing the recommendations at European Council summits, often lag behind when it comes to putting their pledges into practice.
So many of these miniatures are forward-looking with their crunching discords and laconic utterances, and so many are virtuosic despite themselves.
Grade: B+ HOTSPUR Working towards: A top four spot, which, despite themselves, is still possible.
The people of Ormoc, however, have kept their concern for the people of Tacloban despite themselves being in a difficult situation.
Both sides are on huge cup runs, despite themselves, but the Latics are dire at home and they daren't lose this.
Villa were back in, the players believed it, Lambert believed, and probably despite themselves, the Villa Park masses believed it too as a spat between Jonas Gutierrrez and Weimann added to the partisan atmosphere.
Regardless they come to Evergreen to get a warm meal and some fellowship and despite themselves they encounter some tools to help them climb out of the gutters.
However, no one has the benefit of hindsight, and so it is that these hard-knocked characters with their jagged imperfections do their best -- sometimes, despite themselves.
Ireland will see off Italy, Russia and the United States to qualify in second place despite themselves and who knows what they will produce?
Their only win came despite themselves and the holders won by virtue of a strong fourth quarter.