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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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.
The players can't afford to feel sorry for themselves.
The Ancients go into the clash on the back of a couple of disappointing defeats, most recently their 2-0 home loss to Newtown, but Keegan insists his players cannot afford to feel sorry for themselves.
They are fortunate in a way in that they have got a huge game against Manchester United tomorrow so there's no time to 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.
And defender Vlaar knows that the players can't afford to feel sorry for themselves.
He said: "I think in the second half too many of our players started to feel sorry for themselves.
The Gunners can ill-afford to feel sorry for themselves because there is a real danger of them slipping out of the top three - they are only five points ahead of in-form Manchester City, who have played one game fewer.
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.
McInnes insists his side can't feel sorry for themselves and must make their own luck.