punish (someone or oneself) for (something)

(redirected from punish themselves for)

punish (someone or oneself) for (something)

To penalize or discipline someone or oneself for some crime, wrong, mistake, or other transgression. Bob punished himself for breaking his diet over the holidays by only eating vegetables for two weeks straight. I feel like this heavy workload is the boss's way of punishing me for disagreeing with him during the meeting.
See also: punish

punish someone for something

to discipline someone for [doing] something. Someone will punish you for what you did. Please don't punish me for doing it. I'm sorry.
See also: punish
References in periodicals archive ?
They inhibit themselves to make extra sure not to carry out wishes that they are not even consciously aware of, and unknowingly punish themselves for them.
Too often people who are diagnosed with diabetes feel the need to punish themselves for a lifetime of bad choices.
She said it felt like she was cheating on her husband because I was some weird, muscly, hairless, tanned idiot and that wasn't the man she had married." During filming, Tim met many fitness addicts, from guys using the gym to punish themselves for eating a burger the night before, to others who got angry if he blocked their reflection in the mirror.
The television images showed the Shi'ite devotees flagellating their backs with zangeel (bundles of chains) and cutting their heads with swords to mourn the seventh century martyr Hussein and punish themselves for not having done more to save his life during a battle in Karbala in one of Islam's early civil wars.
Some bulimics feel overwhelmed and unable to cope with their emotions, while others aim to punish themselves for something that they unrealistically blame themselves for.
Women punish themselves for every excess pound, each lump and bump and any perceived flaw, no matter how small.
These teens often have a black-and-white outlook on acceptable behavior, and when they engage in what they consider unacceptable behavior, they try to punish themselves for that transgression.