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abstain
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Oliver Twist
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abstain
Used in
Oliver Twist
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  • 'If it be painful to him,' she thought, 'to come back here, how painful it will be to me! But perhaps he will not come; he may write, or he may come himself, and studiously abstain from meeting me—he did when he went away.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • After waiting here some time, he was joined by that young gentleman, who had prudently abstained from showing himself until he had looked carefully abroad from a snug retreat, and ascertained that his new friend had not been followed by any impertinent person.  (not reviewed by editor)

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