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refrain
Used In
1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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  • Whether he wrote DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER, or whether he refrained from writing it, made no difference.
  • It was a refrain that was often heard in moments of overwhelming emotion.

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  • When once you were in the grip of the Party, what you felt or did not feel, what you did or refrained from doing, made literally no difference.

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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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