lower (oneself)

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lower (oneself)

To demean or degrade oneself; to do or say things that will lose the esteem or respect of others. I refuse to lower myself by engaging in a smear campaign just to win an election. I'm proud of your for not lowering yourself to trade insults with that horrid woman.
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ˈlower yourself (by doing something)

(usually used in negative sentences) behave in a way that makes other people respect you less: I wouldn’t lower myself by working for him.
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exclaimed the older professor, "I do not propose to lower myself by quarreling with you.
I then gathered in the rope you were sending me, and making a coil or pile of it I seated myself upon it, ruminating and considering what I was to do to lower myself to the bottom, having no one to hold me up; and as I was thus deep in thought and perplexity, suddenly and without provocation a profound sleep fell upon me, and when I least expected it, I know not how, I awoke and found myself in the midst of the most beautiful, delightful meadow that nature could produce or the most lively human imagination conceive.
You will see me in the morning;' and advancing to the edge of the cliff upon which we had been standing, I proceeded to lower myself down by the tangled roots which clustered about all the crevices of the rock.
I did not wish to admit to myself that I was angry with this uncultured little savage, that it made the slightest difference to me what she did or what she did not do, or that I could so lower myself as to feel personal enmity towards a common sailor.
I shall lower myself, indeed, if I gain my release by hiding from him what he has a right to know.
Bruce Rauner, also on the March ballot, Jones told the Sun-Times, "I would not lower myself to ask Bruce Rauner to campaign for me or vote for me.
I initially ignored the lady as she was drunk and I didn't see the need to lower myself as I assumed she'd just stop," said Umair.
I don't ever get tempted to respond, because why should I lower myself to their level?
Fury took to Twitter to criticise Joshua's performance, but the new IBF champion said: "I'm not going to lower myself - he talks like a kid.
From my perspective, he's saying, 'I'm too important to have to come to Iowa and lower myself to debate.
That's another story, but I was eventually able to lower myself, and the sheep, down off the very steep mountain without dying
In a string of personal tweets, the West End and small screen star told Twitter that she had been "hurt by an idiot boy again", promising her followers she was "not gonna lower myself to his standards".
I was not a caver, but I was ready--against my better judgment--to lower myself into an impossibly tight limestone fissure that led downward into the side of this mountain and became Humpleau, one of Romania's most spectacular wild caves.
As a saviour of Breakie TV stations I am always willing to lower myself and step in and save the day for 'em yeahhhhhh
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