stoop to

stoop to
stoop to (something) to do something that makes your moral standards lower.

They have stooped to using threats of violence in order to get their way.

Usage notes: often used in the forms stoop to someone's level or stoop to the level of dong something:

The president shouldn't stoop to the level of exchanging insults.

Etymology: from the literal meaning of stoop (= to bend forward and down to make yourself smaller)

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  • stoop´er — stoop 1 «stoop», verb, noun. –v.i. 1. to bend forward: »He stooped to pick up the money. She stoops over her work. 2. to carry the head and shoulders bent forward: »The old man stoops. 3. (of trees, precipices, or other natural outgrowths) to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • stoop — {vb Stoop, condescend, deign can mean to descend below the level (as in rank or dignity) where one belongs or thinks he belongs to do something. Stoop implies a descent not only in rank or dignity but also, and more often, from a relatively high… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Stoop — Stoop, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Stooped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stooping}.] [OE. stoupen; akin to AS. st?pian, OD. stuypen, Icel. st[=u]pa, Sw. stupa to fall, to tilt. Cf 5th {Steep}.] 1. To bend the upper part of the body downward and forward; to bend or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stoop — Stoop, n. [OE. stope, Icel. staup; akin to AS. ste[ a]p, D. stoop, G. stauf, OHG. stouph.] A vessel of liquor; a flagon. [Written also {stoup}.] [1913 Webster] Fetch me a stoop of liquor. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stoop — Stoop, v. t. 1. To bend forward and downward; to bow down; as, to stoop the body. Have stooped my neck. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To cause to incline downward; to slant; as, to stoop a cask of liquor. [1913 Webster] 3. To cause to submit; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stoop — may refer to:* Adrian Stoop (1883 1957), English naturalised rugby union player * Urban stoop, a small staircase or porch * to bend over forward, such as to pick something up * a mild form of kyphosis * the high speed attack dive of a bird of… …   Wikipedia

  • Stoop — Stoop, n. 1. The act of stooping, or bending the body forward; inclination forward; also, an habitual bend of the back and shoulders. [1913 Webster] 2. Descent, as from dignity or superiority; condescension; an act or position of humiliation.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stoop — ist der Name folgender Personen: Dé Stoop (1919–2007), niederländischer Unternehmer und Sportmanager Lukas Stoop (* 1990), schweizer Eishockeyspieler Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demsel …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • stoop — [n] slouched posture droop, round shoulders, sag, slouch, slump; concept 757 Ant. straightening stoop [v1] bow down be bowed, bend, be servile, bow, cringe, crouch, descend, dip, duck, hunch, incline, kneel, lean, relax, sink, slant, squat;… …   New thesaurus

  • Stoop — Stoop, n. [Cf. Icel. staup a knobby lump.] A post fixed in the earth. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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