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refrain
as in:  a repeated refrain


The song has a catchy refrain.
  something repeated regularly — especially:
  • lines repeated after each verse of a song
  • a phrase or idea often repeated by someone or within a poem
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  • The song has a catchy refrain.
  • The principal’s refrain is that happy students have self-respect; and self-respect is earned.
  • 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.

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  • 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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Associated words [difficulty]:   refrain [2]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Classic Literature, Religion & Spirtuality, Law
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