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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If you 'cheat' on your 'diet', do you then wallow in self-pity and punish yourself by depriving yourself?
Plus, you eat and drink like the end of the world is around the corner (I know the Mayan's made 2012 a special case, but let's leave that to one side), and then punish yourself by promising to not to add another bottle to the glass mountain in the recycling bin until February 1 while responding to offers of any kind of edible treat like you've acquired the norovirus in a millisecond.
She doesn't want you to punish yourself by thinking of her death and needs you to think of how positive and strong she was for everyone.
Make plans to get fit, but don't punish yourself by refusing intimacy.