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  • While I thought you could not help yourself, as it were, I refrained from saying it.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • No precaution could have been more obvious than our refraining from communication with him that day; yet this again increased my restlessness.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • As we passed Mr. Barley's door, he was heard hoarsely muttering within, in a strain that rose and fell like wind, the following Refrain, in which I substitute good wishes for something quite the reverse: "Ahoy!  (not reviewed by editor)

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