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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BURGLARS pulled up a carpet and floorboards in an empty flat, before knocking a hole in a ceiling to lower themselves into a business below.
Others tried to flee the blaze by using bedsheets knotted together to lower themselves to safety.
She said it was rumoured that they had used bed sheets to lower themselves down.
One of the two slips also has a hinged ramp in the water to better hold the vessel in place before launching, as well as a low-scale stair that will allow wheelchair users to lower themselves into the boat.
Taban Deng Gai comes from the constituency of Northern Liech state and particularly from Jikany sub-clan of Nuer community and it's very unfortunate to see foreigners who strongly meddle in our local affairs and lower themselves to encourage ethnicity through a statement like this," the minister told Sudan Tribune .
The two Romanian prisoners escaped by cutting through bars in a second-floor workroom of Rome's Rebibbia prison, using sheets to lower themselves to the ground and then over the prison wall, AP quoted the OSAPP prison union as saying Monday.
Seats magically lower themselves into an empty auditorium for the audience, light bursts through the lens and then we're off.
Many managers would not lower themselves to lavish such praise on one of their top performers.
On no account should those protecting the Kingdom's reputation lower themselves to use the same poisonous, mean-minded tactics as our critics.
When I asked an organizer why there were no mini-boy contests, I heard him respond that boys would not lower themselves like that,'' she said in the Senate debate.
After several lifeboats failed to function, hundreds were forced to either jump into the water and swim ashore or lower themselves along the exposed hull to waiting boats.
During the session, they actually lower themselves onto a sterile, one-time-use tube.
To reach it, they'd have to lower themselves into the volcano.