please (oneself)

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please (oneself)

To do that which fulfills one's own desires, expectations, or ambitions, especially when failing to consider those of anyone else. It really doesn't matter to me how you arrange the furniture in here, so just please yourself! Look, Tom and his wife are always going to please themselves, so don't tie up everything you want to do on this trip with them.
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please yourself

expression I accept your decision or preference; suit yourself. The phrase typically implies that the speaker disagrees with (and is perhaps irritated by) the decision. A: "I would just rather not go to a wedding where I won't know anyone." B: "Fine, please yourself. I'll just go by myself."
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please oneself

to do what one wishes. We don't mind whether you stay or not. Please yourself! The boss preferred me to work late, but he told me to please myself.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ˌplease yourˈself

(spoken) used to tell somebody that you are annoyed with them and do not care what they do: ‘I don’t think I’ll bother finishing this.’ ‘Please yourself.’
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ˌplease yourˈself


ˌdo as you ˈplease

be able to do whatever you like: There were no children to cook for, so we could just please ourselves.
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" The sense of which is, "When a lawgiver sets down plainly his whole meaning, we are prevented from making him mean what we please ourselves." As some instances of women, therefore, are mentioned in the divine law, which forbids us to covet our neighbour's goods, and that of a sister omitted, he concluded it to be lawful.
"Look here, mates," said Jerry; "the gentleman offered me half a crown extra, but I didn't take it; 'twas quite pay enough for me to see how glad he was to catch that train; and if Jack and I choose to have a quick run now and then to please ourselves, that's our business and not yours."
We can choose to please ourselves and plateau, or we can delay our gratification and grow.
What I am most concerned about is when we as designers or the women asking the designers try to change it so much to please ourselves. If you look at beauty pageants and the State of the Nation Address, what we see is only a suggestion of what looks like terno.
Nevertheless, I believe we dress to please ourselves in the first place and before anyone else.
Are all forms of fashionable body modification to please ourselves or society?
We were self-catering so could please ourselves. The other option was to cook al-fresco in the fantastic barbecue cabin, shared with the other guests.
A I think I told everybody that that's what I was doing, but, in fact, we were just trying to please ourselves. The secret is getting the right material.
In some we please Christ and please ourselves, in others we cannot please Christ except by denying ourselves.
The last thing for any Gulf citizen to think about is to back an attack on Iran because this does not please ourselves and it is against our very interests, the Minister stressed.
We live in a free country and after we have left school we can please ourselves whether to indulge in sport or not.
However, as we're not baking in competition, I see little reason why we shouldn't use what jam we have, or introduce a few rogue elements to please ourselves. The large bag of frozen raspberries in the freezer meant that I had to change the jam for this recipe, and I'm glad I did.
It's not easy pleasing everyone and traditional wisdom tells us not to bother trying, please ourselves first.
Likewise, on our spiritual path through life, it's easier to please ourselves and do the wrong thing than to restrict ourselves to doing the right thing.