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    Swallow one's dignity?

    Hello,
    Is it possible to say "swallow one's dignity"?

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    Re: Swallow one's dignity?

    Quote Originally Posted by IngridH View Post
    Hello,
    Is it possible to say "swallow one's dignity"?
    It's unusual. You 'swallow your pride', but I can't think of any other abstract noun that one usually swallows! (and BNC has no instance of that pair of words) I suppose it would be possible to use that analogy as a 'hook' to hang a new usage on; but as 'pride' - in that context - is a bad* thing, I would expect whatever abstract noun you chose to have negative connotations.

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    * The comparison I'm making here is with positive pride, as in 'take pride in your work'.

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    Re: Swallow one's dignity?

    Hi IngridH

    I managed to find you a reference, as an idiom, on Answers.com:
    http://www.answers.com/swallow%20your%20pride
    Idioms:
    swallow one's pride:
    Humble oneself, as in "She decided to swallow her pride and apologize".
    This idiom employs swallow in the sense of "refrain from expressing," a usage dating from the early 1600s.

    Hope this helps
    NT

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    Re: Swallow one's dignity?

    Perhaps:

    I did it, even though it was beneath my dignity.

    He lost all sense of dignity.


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    Re: Swallow one's dignity?

    Hello, again
    The phrase was coined by my students in a gap test.
    Would you mark "swallow my dignity" as correct in the context below?
    The offer was not so good, but as I was desperate for money, I decided to swallow my__________ and accept it.

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    Re: Swallow one's dignity?

    Hi IngridH

    There are other variants, such as "swallow one's pride/words".

    I'm not sure that "dignity" would have been the correct one, unless there would have been a loss of dignity in accepting the job.

    "Pride" would probably be a better alternative.

    Regards
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