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as in:  wallow in self-pity

Don’t wallow in your sorrows.
  to indulge in an emotion or situation

(This is often said of something negative such as self-pity when no attempt is made to move beyond it. But it is also sometimes said without connotation just to indicate that someone has a lot of something such as money or luxury.)
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  • Don’t wallow in your sorrows.
  • They upgraded our room and we wallowed in luxury.
  • But they don’t have to go to the courthouse and wallow in it-
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Fools who wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves, who cannot control their emotions, who wallow in sad memories and allow themselves to be provoked so easily — weak people, in other words — they stand no chance against his powers!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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  • Driving west out of Atlanta, he intended to invent an utterly new life for himself, one in which he would be free to wallow in unfiltered experience.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • I have seen them, Conrade, in the visions of the night—their sainted eyes shed tears for the sins and follies of their brethren, and for the foul and shameful luxury in which they wallow.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • You’re wallowing in your own despair, you fool!
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • All of his life he had squandered his choices, wallowing in revenge and self-pity, keeping himself down.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • I wallowed in words. There was no end to them.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • I never deliberately learned to read, but somehow I had been wallowing illicitly in the daily papers.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird

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  • They would much rather be tragically misunderstood, wallow in self-pity, stew in their own —
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
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Associated words [difficulty]:   wallow [4]
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