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refrain
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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

  • The song has a catchy refrain.
  • The principal’s refrain is that happy students have self-respect; and self-respect is earned.

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  • The constant refrain heard from the party leadership is not to let unachievable perfection become the enemy of good legislation.
  • Her refrain is to look for the good in people. I hear her say it and see her do it multiple times each day.
  • There are more of us than you think: That’s another one of Alex’s favorite expressions, his constant refrain.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Miss Emma repeated the old refrain I had heard about a hundred times the day before.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • ...which had the refrain:  Ho, rumble, rumble, rumble, Rumble drum belaboured.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • Alex’s constant refrain plays in my head: There are more of us than you think.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
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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.

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  • 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.
  • 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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  • [24] Chesterton, however, refrained from denouncing this lack of identity; on the contrary, he allowed certain merits to American.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • In song and exhortation swelled one refrain—Liberty; in his tears and curses the God he implored had Freedom in his right hand.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk

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  • He left, refraining from banging the door shut behind him, though Clary could tell he wanted to.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • I was a little glad that he had called us boys and refrained from the word "devil."
    Ishmael Beah  --  A Long Way Gone
  • Through it all, President Kennedy has refrained from making public threats or even critiquing the Soviet atrocities.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • "I’ll see the president’s second inaugural" is their common refrain.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • "Not far now, Hlao-roo, not far now," he kept muttering, until he realized that what he said had become meaningless, a mere refrain.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • Those were all the words he knew, aside from the refrain.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • We have managed to refrain.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • I know what my brother would do—green skin for Esther, with beetle antennae, and hairy legs for Veronica, eight of them—but I refrain from doing it.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • It was a refrain of hers: Just like Nick to . and whatever followed, whatever was just like me, was bad.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • If only I’d believed him was my endless refrain.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • And Moby is responsible, she refrained from adding.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Would you please refrain from calling me man?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • In my mind, I repeated my commands in an endless refrain.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • I warn you to refrain from provoking me, or I’ll ask your abduction as a special favour!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • As the circumstances of his marriage illustrate his character, I cannot refrain from relating them.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Whether he wrote DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER, or whether he refrained from writing it, made no difference.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • It was a refrain that was often heard in moments of overwhelming emotion.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He caught himself in the act: looked at all: refrained.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • By the provost’s wall came jauntily Blazes Boylan, stepping in tan shoes and socks with skyblue clocks to the refrain of My girl’s a Yorkshire girl.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But he felt his neck under Bulstrode’s yoke; and though he usually enjoyed kicking, he was anxious to refrain from that relief.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • One hand moved as if to clutch the window sill, but refrained from touching it.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • She drew her wool down through the canvas and, scarcely able to refrain from laughing, stooped as if trying to make out the pattern.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • —he had refrained from talking of the treasure, which had brought upon the abbe the accusation of madness.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I will,’ he went on, ’tell you the story of what has happened to me, if you like, but you must refrain from interruptions.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • If you barbarians had to degrade the name of a great city of yours, you could at least refrain from doing it to me.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Father Paissy could not refrain from breaking in again.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • His work had been consuming huge amounts of electric power lately, but I refrained from questioning him.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He decided to refrain from asking about Captain Kirk’s use of photon torpedoes against the Klingons.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He was very solemn and refrained from talking.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • Everyone knew that her swoons were generally mere ladylike pretenses but they loved her enough to refrain from saying so.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Bailey would not refrain from remarking on our classmates’ lack of knowledge.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • If I could have been his mother lying with open body lifted laughing,holdinghis father withmy hand refraining,seeing, watching himdie before he lived.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • "Under favour, sir," replied the yeoman, "I have another reason for refraining to shoot, besides the fearing discomfiture and disgrace."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Ned, getting sentimental, warbled a serenade with the pensive refrain.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Finally, it seemed as if all her state was one of loneliness and forsakenness, and she could scarce refrain from trembling at the lip.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • I indulged very rarely in it and often refrained from using it for months at a time.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • And here I cannot refrain from a psychological observation.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • First it was a hymn, all abrupt, odd, minor cadences and monotonous refrain.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • It’s good I refrained from saying anything to the baker in Tarifa, thought the boy to himself.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • There is a hibachi in the small, beautifully kept back yard, and the door chimes play a tinkly phrase from the refrain of "Hey, Jude."
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • It also occurred to me how lucky I was to have Baba as my father, the sole reason, I believe, Assef had mostly refrained from harassing me too much.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • He refrained from loosening his hand from her grip for fear of waking her, and turned carefully on his side to observe her better.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Or should he refrain from approaching her?
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • You will please refrain from comments and allow Oscar to cope with his problems as he comes to them, rested, clear-eyed, and unworried.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Mr. Cullen, I expect you to ask your friend to refrain from trespassing again.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • And you, Perseus Jackson, I do expect you to refrain from causing any more trouble.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • Every voice was lifted in the common refrain to the God of Battle, singing of deeds of valor and of glorious deaths on the field of honor.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • A song in which the refrain,Vamos a la playa, plays over and over, to a Latin beat.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
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