lower (oneself)

(redirected from lower ourselves)

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.
See also: lower
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: lower
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
"It's not good to see players get sent off but I think we kept our focus and didn't lower ourselves to that level, we kept our heads and played some excellent stuff.
Another important thing to remember is not to lower ourselves to ignorant vilification of Islam.
Graham Wilson: "Pleased about that - we don't want to lower ourselves to their level."
'Wag natin ibaba ang ating sarili (Let us not lower ourselves).
"If we do not lower ourselves we will not see his [Jesus'] face," said Francis.
Speaking to the press before filing the complaint on Monday, AK Party yzmir branch President BE-lent Delican referred to Kylycdaroy-lu, saying, "Although we won't lower ourselves to his level, we will file a criminal complaint against the tin-pot opposition."
Oh, and if someone's behaviour is in the gutter, we shouldn't lower ourselves to their level.
The first is that if God, in the Christmas mystery, reveals himself not as One who remains on high and dominates the universe, but as the One who bends down, descends to the little and poor earth, it means that, to be like him, we should not put ourselves above others, but indeed lower ourselves, place ourselves at the service of others, become small with the small and poor with the poor.
"We had to lower ourselves out of a helicopter by climbing down a 30ft rope."
"But do not lower ourselves to that same level to behave in a way which really makes us all so ashamed of ourselves," he said.
For this cave, we are pretending to lower ourselves with rope.
I was sitting in the lifeboat, and when I realised the lifeboat was going nowhere, we got out, but where the lifeboat had dropped, we had to climb out, so we had to climb and lower ourselves down.
By causing the United States to lose track of that what makes us special and to lower ourselves to his own standards, bin Laden, in death, has secured perhaps his greatest victory.
"We will not lower ourselves to his level," Adel told Daily News Egypt.
We learned to lower ourselves over the ledge, trusting the rope--and our own sheer will--to keep us safe.