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refrain -- as in: refrain from laughing
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as in: refrain from laughing Define
avoid or resist doing something
  • Please refrain from swearing.
  • You must refrain from personal attacks in this forum.
  • How do you refrain from laughing at the wrong time?
  • I want to refrain from commenting on this matter until I hear both sides of the story.

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  • He refrained from hitting him back.
  • ...a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; (3:5)
    The Bible  --  Ecclesiastes
  • And yes, I refrained from saying, "Or herself It could be a girl."
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • Then, Mr. Small got up on the stage and asked everyone to refrain from applause until all the names were read and all the diplomas were handed out.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • ...for some minutes longer I refrained and stood still.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Tell-Tale Heart
  • He just wants me to refrain from my colorful choice of words in his class.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
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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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