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Oliver Twist
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  • 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.
  • 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.

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as in: 12 votes yes and 3 abstained Define
to formally not vote either "yes" or "no" (so that other voters will make the decision)
as in: abstained from alcohol Define
choose not to do something
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