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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"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."
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.
"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.
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.
Americans know that if we merge out economies, we wouldn't raise Mexican standards to our level, we'd just lower ourselves to its level.
Yes, torture ought to be offensive to our ideals, and no, we shouldn't lower ourselves to the level of our enemies.
It shows strength of character that, despite the intimidation, violence and lack of hospitality shown to us while in Rome, that we can react in a positive manner and not lower ourselves to their nasty level.
Let's not lower ourselves to booing and abuse that would only spur him on anyway.
'Teams fear it, visiting fans are in awe of it, there is absolutely no need to lower ourselves to vile, abusive chanting.'
His insults and cheap jibes can of course all be answered, but to do so would mean that we would have to lower ourselves to his level and that will never do.
In order to not lower ourselves to the level of the attackers, we need to use reason and logic.