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  • As the circumstances of his marriage illustrate his character, I cannot refrain from relating them.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • During her illness many arguments had been urged to persuade my mother to refrain from attending upon her.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • But my heart sank within me as with bitter sickness, and I refrained.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • No one could love a child more than I loved your brother"—tears came into his eyes as he spoke—"but is it not a duty to the survivors that we should refrain from augmenting their unhappiness by an appearance of immoderate grief?  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: a repeated refrain
as in: refrain from laughing
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