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despite oneself

Definition of despite oneself in English:

Used to indicate that one did not intend to do the thing mentioned: despite herself Frau Nordern laughed
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  • Also controversial was his use of front-wheel-drive, which a reluctant British market came to accept despite itself.
  • And there's some funny business, although you might occasionally laugh despite yourself.
  • One of the things that happens when you are in power for a long time is that, despite yourself, you become the status quo.
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