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The Idiot
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  • Did not you intend to say, 'Surely you are not Prince Muishkin?' just now, but refrained out of politeness?  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The prince was haunted all that day by the face of Lebedeff's nephew whom he had seen for the first time that morning, just as one is haunted at times by some persistent musical refrain.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The eternal refrain!  (not reviewed by editor)

  • But I can't help knowing that after twenty-four years of illness there must be some trace left, so that it is impossible for people to refrain from laughing at me sometimes; don't you think so?  (not reviewed by editor)

  • He sorrowfully asked himself whether he had been the cause of this new "monstrosity," or was itů but he refrained from saying who else might be in fault.  (not reviewed by editor)

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