feel sorry for (oneself)

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feel sorry for (oneself)

To feel pity for oneself due to circumstances or treatment perceived as unfair or exceptionally harmful. The phrase typically implies that such feelings are not fully warranted. I know you're disappointed that opportunity didn't work out, but you need to stop feeling sorry for yourself and start auditioning again.
See also: feel, sorry

be/feel ˈsorry for yourself

(informal, disapproving) be/feel unhappy because you think other people have treated you badly, etc: You can’t sit there feeling sorry for yourself all day.
See also: feel, sorry
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CONOR McGILL says Meath refused to feel sorry for themselves after being mauled by Dublin in the Leinster final.
RYAN Dow insists Peterhead can't feel sorry for themselves or it will wreck their hopes of winning the League Two title.
"They've been told they can't now crumble, fall away and feel sorry for themselves. It's now time to kick on."
class="MsoNormalThe tradition was invented by a group of guilty people, who feel sorry for themselves.
But with Barry Ferguson's side looking to cement their place in the play-off section at fellow promotion rivals Elgin today before facing leaders Forfar the following week, Linton insists they can't feel sorry for themselves.
LEE WALLACE vows Rangers won't feel sorry for themselves after yesterday's Parkhead hammering.
Now they feel sorry for themselves, losing the tax credits upon which they had come to rely, while Osborne, their chosen favourite, lectures them about living beyond their means.
NEWCASTLE UNITED head coach Steve McClaren faced up to the Magpies' humiliating Capital One Cup exit against Sheffield Wednesday by ordering his players not to feel sorry for themselves.
"Nobody felt sorry for us out there so the players can't feel sorry for themselves.
"We're having to chase some people up a little bit because some of them can feel sorry for themselves a little bit, some of them can find excuses before there's an excuse, so me and my staff are working very hard to keep the lads competitive," said Johnson.
So Darlington can't afford to feel sorry for themselves after letting a three goals lead slip to Buxton to go out of the FA Trophy on Wednesday night.
READING caretaker manager Eamonn Dolan has warned his players they cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves if they want to avoid relegation.
HULL 2 BORO 4 HULL manager Nigel Pearson warned his players not to feel sorry for themselves after their bid to snatch a play-off place in the npower Championship suffered a major setback against Middlesbrough.
But midfielder Lampard does not want his team-mates to feel sorry for themselves in the build-up to Tuesday's second leg at Old Trafford.
"There has been a tendency for them to be a bit fragile and feel sorry for themselves and I was a bit hard on them this week if I am honest because you could almost smell it," he said ahead of today's Ricoh Arena clash with Nottingham Forest when City have Scott Dann (shoulder), Isaac Osbourne (ankle), and Leon Mc-Kenzie (thigh) out injured, Stephen Wright (knee) and Aron Gunnarsson (dead leg) rated 50-50 and Dan Fox suspended.