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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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Abused, starved and unpaid: A runaway maid in Oman Her face lights up in a radiant smile as she lowers herself into the waves on the beach at Muscat.
CAMARINES SUR -- Evangeline Yumul, 26, who is six months pregnant, carefully lowers herself into a hammock tied to a bamboo pole and carried on the shoulders of her relatives and health workers of Barangay Old Caaluan in Tinambac town, Camarines Sur province.
The 'Tik Tok' hitmaker said that she turns of all the lights, walks over to the paino naked, and then gently lowers herself and her boobs, the Daily Star reported.
She lowers herself down the steps, using her hands to stop herself from slipping.
She mocks the advice given that just to fall to her knees will help with the darkest night of the soul, but then she lowers herself down to pray in the swank bathroom stall of a fancy restaurant where she's the only one not drinking.
Demonstrating for Plimpton, Daniele lowers herself seductively into the lap of a guy playing a male customer at the club.
Alternatively, you might try having the man sit in a chair or on the edge of the bed while the woman gently lowers herself on to him.
Bowing her head and sighing, Laura Spitzer slowly lowers herself onto the stool in front of her 110-year-old piano as the crowd grows silent.
It is not won by the girl who lowers herself to a man's level.