to abandon oneself to despair
to be backward and have no urge to make progress
With your own effort life will become better. You must not abandon yourself to despair.
cut off one's nose to spite one's face
- Self for saking;throw oneself away;give oneself up to vice;abandon oneself to despair
- Mercedes . . . manifested the chaotic abandonment of hysteria
- A lady who said she wasn't going to sit around watching Miss Caroline make a martyr of herself at her expense
- A few are dim-witted drones, but most are talented, frustrated, wasted people.