punish with (something)

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punish with (something)

1. To penalize or discipline someone or oneself with a particular action or outcome. A noun or pronoun is used between "punish" and "with." I feel like the boss has been punishing me with a heavy workload just because I disagreed with him in the meeting. You would have been punished with death if you committed that crime in my home country.
2. To handle something in a very rough, damaging manner. A noun or pronoun is used between "punish" and "with." You need to stop punishing your body with so much alcohol each weekend. I'm surprised my car lasted as long as it has, considered how much I've punished it with my daily commute.
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punish someone with something

to use something to discipline someone. The captain punished the sailor with the lash. Sally threatened to punish Timmy with a spanking.
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Rather than punish yourself with guilt, you can do something about your lapses before the results of your negligence reflect in your next executive checkup.
He doesn't want you to punish yourself with negative thoughts which you heard from gossip.
"The key is to make exercise a treat or reward, rather than something you use to punish yourself with.
This drives you to punish yourself with ever stricter dietary rules or abstinence.