despite yourself


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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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The episode titled Despite Yourself has been directed by Star Trek veteran Jonathan Frakes, famous for bringing to life First Officer William Riker on The Next Generation (1987-1994).
1) LUIS SUAREZ OKAY, so you saw the latest bite and couldn't quite believe that this was his third such offence and by now you will no doubt have chuckled, despite yourself, at dozens of viral videos, photoshopped images and moving gifs of the Uruguayan striker's misdemeanour on football's biggest stage.
Never mind, it is of course transfer season, and despite yourself you can't resist getting involved.
I think too many times, people get involved in necessity entrepreneurship - basically, you are an entrepreneur despite yourself.
The most intense part for me is when Sinno breaks off; "you'll die, despite yourself you will".
holding your daughter's hand, thinking darkly, despite yourself,
BEGGING to be snapped up by Levi's or Gap, this is one of these great kooky songs that you love despite yourself.
Despite yourself, you really, really want to know who's going to win, don't you?
LIVERPOOL'S own Jennifer Ellison is one of a number of things to like about this surprisingly good horror comedy which sort of creeps up on the viewer - before you know it, you're rather enjoying it, despite yourself.
The compere, Gilbert Symes, told family-friendly jokes that made you laugh despite yourself (and wish he was your own uncle Gilbert) and spoke of how 'it warms your heart'.
Full of farcical situations, mistaken identities and double entendres, Down With Love is one of those films that makes you laugh despite yourself and is a nice change of pace from the usual summer blockbusters.
But while the result is like a spliffed-up Dick Emery or Benny Hill gone hideously wrong, to be fair occasional moments of comic inspiration like Ali G's 20mph burn-up with the rival East Staines Massive do struggle up from the mire and a throwaway bestiality line involving Richard and Judy will have you spluttering popcorn despite yourself.
And, although he is a reckless and irresponsible character, you find yourself liking him despite yourself.
A polo neck with a miniskirt makes long legs a main event, whereas jeans and a blouse showing a little of your cleavage makes it look as though, despite yourself, without even putting all the goods out on the shelves, you can't help but be sexy.