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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Israel is trying to punish our prisoners and punish us by rejecting these humanitarian demands.
IT'S amazing that while our MPs lecture us on alcohol abuse, and punish us by price, they are running up a bill of millions in the bars and restaurants of Westminster with heavily subsidised prices paid for by the tax payer.
When we were naughty, our mother would punish us by forbidding us to go mushrooming.
One can detect within the first response a subtle refusal to blame God--God does not punish us by heaping suffering upon us.