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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"Now look here!" 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."
"And they always try to do a Liverpool accent, I have never tried the London accent, would not lower myself to try an accent I am never going to speak" - Leslie Woolley
"I've had bull bars fitted, I'll be perfectly safe!" The ghastly little oik just stood there with his mouth agape, so in the end I had no more ado than to lower myself to backing up and parking in the multi-storey.
I cried as I tried to lower myself onto the toilet because my perineum tear still throbbed if I did more than lie on my back.
As I gingerly lower myself into the steaming water, I glimpse the lifeless puddle of my costume on the tiled floor.
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."
So I grabbed the rope and started to lower myself. Then my shirt got caught on the seat!
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!
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.
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