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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Ostrich Walk From the standing position, lower yourself to a touch-toes position.
There's an adage about speakers facing audiences that are lifeless or contentious or otherwise difficult: as a speaker, you either raise the audience to your level or lower yourself to their's.
Don't lower yourself to his level - focus on the future and stay strong.
Start with your feet together then step backwards and lower yourself to the floor.
Melissa Hickinbottom To lower yourself to fight in front of your and other people's children is the worst thing going, I think.
Lower yourself to the ground in a controlled manner, then explosively push up, so your hands leave the ground.
Lower yourself to a half-finished push-up position.
Remind them they aren't so perfect but don't lower yourself to tell them why.
Bending from the elbows, lower yourself to the floor, and rise to the start position.
You have to keep your composure because you don't want to lower yourself to their level.
To prevent that, you pull a brake strap on the CDS vest to release the descent rope, and then lower yourself to the ground.
Once you feel comfortable, slowly lower yourself to a comfortable position.
Pause briefly, and then lower yourself to a position where there is an ever-so-slight bend in the arms.
Surely work isn't so hard to come by that you have to lower yourself to this?
Stand in front of the chair facing away, bend down, reach behind you and grab the base of the seat with both hands, then lower yourself to the floor and ease back up.