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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And the scoundrel Rostopchin was punished by an order to burn down his houses.
He will be probably punished by the crime 'attempted break-in'.
Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has defended students being punished by their school teachers.
"Whoever steals a state owned or a registered antiquity or part of such for the purpose of smuggling shall be punished by imprisonment and by a mulct not less than LE 50,000 and not more than LE 500,000.
There are clearly the ones that are really privileged and clearly another group that are really punished by the decisions of the calendar.
But nooooo, lets punish the villagers who are already being punished by the lack of police presence.
Spitting out of a car will also be punished by a Dhs500 fine, authorities said.
President Kerr had already promised that no student would be punished by the administration for any action related to the controversy and committed prior to noon, December 7.
"I remember last season, and I don't want to say the names of clubs or players, you had players and clubs punished by panels and you had clubs and players protected by panels."
Ludogorets, Liverpool's first opponents at Anfield in Group B, have been punished by UEFA EFA EF for a number of incidents in the final qualifying match against Steaua Bucharest,including a 6,000 euros fine for the improper conduct of the team, 5,000 euros for insufficient organisation and 5,000 euros for a pitch invasion.
2 of 2006 previously provided that anyone who commits a willful act by illegally accessing an electronic site will be punished by imprisonment and/or a fine.
If any private corporation had engaged in such patterns of malfeasance, fraud, and megabuck sleight of hand, it would have been punished by its customers, shareholders, and employees long before the government got involved.
What could easily be a cliche--misbehaving teen is punished by being burnt--is saved by Froese's knowledgeable treatment of Dayle's recovery.
Victims of such acts often subsequently suffer psychological illnesses, and those responsible should be more severely punished by dismissal or suspension, it said.
Adults were customarily punished by fines, public humiliation, short prison terms, and/or exile.