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  • No precaution could have been more obvious than our refraining from communication with him that day; yet this again increased my restlessness.
  • While I thought you could not help yourself, as it were, I refrained from saying it.

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  • 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!

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as in: a repeated refrain Define
something repeated regularly -- especially:
  • lines repeated after each verse of a song
  • a phrase or idea often repeated by someone or within a poem

as in: refrain from laughing Define
avoid or resist doing something
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