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drown in self-pity

To be entirely consumed by sorrow, self-deprecation, or other negative emotions to the point of self-indulgence and/or paralysis. It's hard to help someone who would rather drown in self-pity than find a solution to their problems.
See also: drown

for heaven's sake

A mild oath of surprise, exasperation, annoyance, frustration, or anger. For heaven's sake! I haven't seen you in years! Would you let me finish my story, for heaven's sake? Oh for heaven's sake, I just had the car fixed and now you've put a dent in it!
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for pity's sake

A mild oath of surprise, exasperation, annoyance, frustration, or anger. For pity's sake! I haven't seen you in years! Would you let me finish my story, for pity's sake? Oh for pity's sake, I just had the car fixed and now you've put a dent in it!
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for God's sake

An oath of exasperation, annoyance, frustration, anger, or surprise. Would you let me finish my story, for God's sake? Oh for God's sake, I just had the car fixed and now you've put a dent in it! For God's sake! I haven't seen you in years!
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for Pete's sake

A mild oath of exasperation, annoyance, frustration, anger, or surprise. Would you let me finish my story, for Pete's sake? Oh for Pete's sake, I just had the car fixed and now you've put a dent in it! For Pete's sake! I haven't seen you in years!
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have pity on (one)

To act compassionately or with sympathy toward one. Please, have pity on me, I don't want to die! The three spirits taught Scrooge how to have pity on his fellow man.
See also: have, on, pity

take pity on (someone or something)

To feel sympathy or compassion toward someone or something. Oh, take pity on Bill—he's been sick all week. That's the only reason he's fallen behind in his work.
See also: on, pity, take

For Pete's sake!

 and For pity's sake!; For the love of Mike!; For goodness sake!; For gosh sake!; For heaven('s) sake!
a mild exclamation of surprise or shock. For Pete's sake! How've ya been? For pity's sake! Ask the man in out of the cold!

have pity on someone (or an animal)

to have compassion toward someone or an animal. Please! Have pity on us. Let us come in!
See also: have, on, pity

more's the pity

Fig. it is a great pity or shame; it is sad. (Sometimes with the.) Jack can't come, more's the pity. Jane had to leave early, more's the pity.
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take pity (on someone or an animal)

to feel sorry for someone or an animal. We took pity on the hungry people and gave them some hot food. She took pity on the little dog and brought it in to get warm.
See also: pity, take

What a pity!

 and What a shame!
Fig. an expression of consolation meaning That's too bad. (Can also be used sarcastically.) Bill: I'm sorry to tell you that the cat died today. Mary: What a pity! Mary: The cake is ruined! Sally: What a shame!
See also: what

for God's sake

Also, for goodness sake. See for the sake of, def. 3.
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for Pete's sake

Also, for pity's sake. See for the sake of, def. 3.
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for the sake of

1. Also for one's sake. Out of consideration or regard for a person or thing; for someone's or something's advantage or good. For example, For Jill's sake we did not serve meat, or We have to stop fighting for the sake of family unity. [Early 1200s]
2. For the purpose or motive of, as in You like to quarrel only for the sake of an argument. [Early 1200s]
3. for God's sake. Also for goodness or heaven's or Pete's or pity's sake . An exclamation showing surprise, impatience, anger, or some other emotion, depending on the context. For example, For God's sake, I didn't expect to see you here, or Hurry up, for goodness sake, or For heaven's sake, how can you say such a mean thing? or For pity's sake, finish your dinner. The variants are euphemisms for God. [c. 1300] For a synonym, see for the love of, def. 2.
See also: of, sake

take pity on

Also, have pity on. Show compassion or mercy to, as in Take pity on the cook and eat that last piece of cake, or, as Miles Coverdale's 1535 translation of the Bible has it (Job 19:21), "Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye, my friends." This idiom may be used half-jokingly, as in the first example, or seriously. [Late 1200s]
See also: on, pity, take

more's the pity

If you add more's the pity to a comment, you are expressing your disappointment or regret about something. My world isn't your world, more's the pity. We've always lacked a written constitution, more's the pity.
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more's the pity

used to express regret about a fact that has just been stated. informal
1994 Amstrad Action The full version of this game never got released. More's the pity, as if the demo's anything to go by, it would have been a stormer.
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for ˌPete’s ˈsake

(British English) used to emphasize that it is important to do something, or when you are annoyed or impatient about something: For Pete’s sake, what are you doing in that bathroom? You’ve been in there for nearly an hour.
See also: sake

ˌmore’s the ˈpity

(British English, informal) unfortunately: He can’t read and he doesn’t want to learn, more’s the pity.
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for God’s, heaven’s, pity’s, etc. ˈsake

used to emphasize that it is important to do something; used to show that you are annoyed about something: For God’s sake try and control yourself!Do be careful, for goodness’ sake.Oh, for heaven’s sake!(Some people find the use of God here offensive.)
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For Pete’s sake!

and For pity’s sake! and For the love of Mike!
exclam. Good grief! For Pete’s sake! Is that you Charlie? For pity’s sake! Ask the man in out of the cold!

For pity’s sake!

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Of course, I pity those in the first category out of pure compassion and incurable mercy.
There's not a lot of pity, for the addict in the city In the ice and the snow, with now where to go Who spends each night on the floor No money for food or to score.
will not take pity on her, will not do her bidding.
I truly pity the agony of having to relive every dreadful moment of his ex-wife Paula's death 13 years earlier.
everyone else to be the same 7 I mm mm 8 P7 yeah that's why I was (LAUGHS) 9 I you didn't want the pity 10 P7 no I er no because (LAUGHS) ((no)) er no I didn't that I just 11 say "oh no" I just want people to just look at me and treat me 12 the way the way they can treat me if I am not not if they are 13 not feeling sorry for me 14 I mmm 15 P7 yeah (.
Save Our Sky Blues We once had a football club we could be proud of in this city Then we left Highfield Road, more's the pity We went from winning the FA Cup and a Premiership team To a team going nowhere and one that ran out of steam Will the good times ever return to our city?
They host Manchester City next Sunday on the back of just one win in seven games and Icelandic midfielder Sigurdsson insists they must not fall into a spiral of self pity.
Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right offers a powerful survey telling of how the American right, which appeared to be in decline after the 2008 elections, actually roared back in the advent of hard times.
Summary: Pity poor Spiderman, Andrew Garfield says donning spandex every day is a chore for the superhero.
It [the poetry] is being misinterpreted in several ways that pity the nation which has judges like this, pity the nation where judges do this, do that.
But I am more concerned here with laying out a ground on which we might treat an issue which has come increasingly to seem to me to lie at the heart of the Gothic, namely the concept (although 'concept' might not be the most apt word) of pity.
The parable tells of a servant who owed his master a huge debt of 10,0 talents, but his master took pity on him and cancelled the debt.
Reading about Yousef Abdulla, 'Plea for compassion', (GDN, June 19), in the past and his appeal to UCA in the Letters Pages of the GDN makes me pity the 70-year-old.
It's a pity more of the Welsh Government members didn't have the brains and guts to do what Leanne did.