lower (oneself) to (some level)

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lower (oneself) to (some level)

To demean or degrade oneself by stooping to some ungracious, unkind, or spiteful behavior. I'm proud of your for not lowering yourself to that horrid woman's level—best not to even dignify her insults with a response. With ad revenue become scarcer and scarcer, an alarming number of credible online news outlets have been lowering themselves to the same level as gossip magazines and trashy clickbait websites in order to attracts viewers.
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lower oneself to some level

Fig. to bring oneself down to some lower level of behavior. I refuse to lower myself to your level. Has TV news lowered itself to the level of the tabloids?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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.
"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.
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."
"From my perspective, he's saying, 'I'm too important to have to come to Iowa and lower myself to debate.
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".
In a moment of gun-guy weakness, I lower myself to actually consulting the owner's manual and discover yet another amazing fact: The Railmaster does not have to be removed from the handgun to install or change the battery.
Sorry, but I just can't lower myself to buy a car made in China.
I don't really like Mark Stimson and I'm not going to lower myself to that level."
Scott said: "I don't really like Mark Stimson and I'm not going to lower myself to that level."
"I've got far too much integrity to lower myself to such depths in order to have the ego massaged," was the somewhat lofty proclamation Yours Truly would make to anybody (or should that be nobody?) listening.
"I won't lower myself to his level to say something about him"
Shame I didn't have any fireworks to let off when I got up at 5.30am, but there again I've been brought up to respect other people and wouldn't lower myself to their standards.
At this stage of my career I won't lower myself to turning up just to be part of a setup,' he added.
'Yet saying that, as unacceptable as that was I probably wouldn't lower myself to have a go back at them.
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