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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3 Don't be tempted to stalk your ex online Don't keep punishing yourself by checking what they're doing on social media or quizzing mutual friends - it won't help you and can even slow your recovery from the pain."
Instead of punishing yourself by thinking of what you've lost, think of what you've gained - like the freedom to find a girlfriend who's not so easily manipulated and who knows her own mind.