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Crime and Punishment
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  • Kindly refrain from shouting!  (not reviewed by editor)

  • What a fellow! I purposely refrained from referring to your affair, though I am devoured by curiosity.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Can you refrain from any question about my sister and from mentioning her name? I can't understand how you dare utter her name in my presence, if you really are Svidrigailov.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He was very drunk: and had dropped asleep on the bench; every now and then, he began as though in his sleep, cracking his fingers, with his arms wide apart and the upper part of his body bounding about on the bench, while he hummed some meaningless refrain, trying to recall some such lines as these: "His wife a year he fondly loved His wife a—a year he—fondly loved."  (not reviewed by editor)

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