punish (someone or oneself) by (doing something)

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punish (someone or oneself) by (doing something)

To do something as a way of penalizing or disciplining someone or oneself. The boss has been punishing those who disagree with him by loading them with more work than they can handle. For breaking his diet over the holidays, Bob punished himself by only eating vegetables for two weeks straight.
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punish someone by something

to discipline someone by doing something. The headmaster punished the children by forcing them to go to bed early. She punished herself by not eating.
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We punish ourselves by going for a brisk(ish) walk which usually ends up at a real ale hostelry.
She says that because our system of government is not up to the job - we should punish ourselves by not fixing it.It's like saying that my washing machine is broken - and isn't washing my clothes properly.
We didn't want to punish ourselves by leaving him out too much.'
We may even punish ourselves by withholding our own self-approval or denying ourselves pleasures (lunches with friends, evenings out, vacations).