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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LEE Cattermole does not expect anyone in the Sunderland squad to start feeling sorry for themselves - despite the chance of automatic promotion all-but gone.
Nevertheless, BBM insisted his players would not waste time feeling sorry for themselves and praised Sunderland's resilience.
They don't do feeling sorry for themselves. There's no sulking.
Solskjaer vowed United will bounce back from their first defeat under him and said any player feeling sorry for themselves will not start Monday's FA Cup tie atChelsea.
By STEVEN DOWNES @examinerHTAFC CHRIS Lowe insists the Huddersfield Town players aren't feeling sorry for themselves despite a fourth straight defeat.
SUNDERLAND must not waste time feeling sorry for themselves after their unbeaten start came to an end, insists Jack Ross.
"The one thing that the fans expect is commitment but I thought there was a couple of the players that were just feeling sorry for themselves.
Alan Stubbs insists his St Mirren flops let the travelling fans down after their Betfred Cup collapse, then warned his team to stop feeling sorry for themselves.
BRIAN McLAUGHLIN insists his Scotland Under-17s won't be feeling sorry for themselves as they bid to revive their Euro campaign.
They have the capabilities and they must stay positive because there is no time for them to start feeling sorry for themselves."
Obviously, the big change was Kevin Keegan coming in as manager but suddenly players like Brian Kilcline and Kevin Sheedy joined the ranks and a Second Division club that were feeling sorry for themselves in the doldrums began to look up again.
The club can't do right for doing wrong at the moment, but it's time to stop feeling sorry for themselves and get on with the job of winning.
SHOULD anyone be feeling sorry for themselves right now without justification, then I suggest they read the article on young Liam Barker (Gazette 31.12.14).
WALES defender Ben Davies insists Swansea City players are not feeling sorry for themselves despite a losing run which has dragged them into real relegation bother.
So we can't have people with their bottom lip out, feeling sorry for themselves."