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, for, sorry
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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, for, sorry
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I could not look at him without feeling sorry for him.
SUNDERLAND must not waste time feeling sorry for themselves after their unbeaten start came to an end, insists Jack Ross.
"I am still playing football for a living and still at Sunderland Football Club, I am in a very fortunate position so there is no point feeling sorry for myself.
BRIAN McLAUGHLIN insists his Scotland Under-17s won't be feeling sorry for themselves as they bid to revive their Euro campaign.
I did not want to spend the next six years lying in bed feeling sorry for myself.
"So we're certainly not feeling sorry for ourselves and we're ready to go again on Sunday.
"I'm not feeling sorry for the players, I'm expecting a performance more than anything.
2 ( ANI ): Renowned founder of Pacific Investment Management Company, Bill Gross, is apparently feeling sorry for the fact that he is too wealthy.
MICHAEL CARRICK has admitted Manchester United are hurting after suffering successive defeats but the midfielder insists no-one at Old Trafford is feeling sorry for themselves.
OWEN COYLE blasted Bolton's rock-bottom players for "feeling sorry for themselves."
AR of Whickham (Chronicle, August 23) is feeling sorry for David Cameron because he has entered into a partnership with the Lib Dems.
Summary: Simon Cowell has apparently recommended that Charlie Sheen stops feeling sorry for himself and works through his problems.
"There is no point feeling sorry for yourself, there is no point in the players feeling sorry for themselves, they have just got to keep believing," he said.
JOE Kinnear will tell his players to stop feeling sorry for themselves as he attempts to spark a revival at crisis club Newcastle.
From KLIATT's starred review of the book, January 2004: "A wonderfully imaginative, difficult to describe novel from the author of Feeling Sorry for Celia...Basically, it is a school story, set in Australia.