swear off (something)

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swear off (something)

To promise, pledge, or be determined not to do, use, eat, or imbibe something anymore. Thank you, but I don't drink. I swore off alcohol when my father was killed by a drunk driver. Jack swore off cigarettes for his New Year's resolution.
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swear off (something)

to pledge to avoid or abstain from something. I've sworn off desserts. I am on a diet. No dessert for me. I've sworn off.
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swear off

Pledge to renounce or give up, as in I've sworn off cigarettes. This expression was first used for abjuring liquor in the first half of the 1800s but has since been broadened to just about anything.
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swear off

v.
To pledge to renounce or give up something: I have sworn off cigarettes and alcohol.
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Pete Lynagh, who swore off sex on New Year's Day 2013, raised money for 'Free to Shine' organisation through his Facebook page 'Pete's Chastity for Charity'.
Thorburn, who swore off the color pink after being creamed by T-Mobile at last year's national road race championships, looked like a happy green fly in a T-Mobile pink-and-black soup as she and the next four highest finishers sat waiting to take the podium after the race.
Gazza, 35, swore off drink a year ago, but during his three weeks as a pundit for ITV's World Cup programme, he has notched up a bar bill of nearly pounds 10,000 at London's Mandarin-Oriental Hotel.
Speaking of the gruesome video, she added on her blog: "I was so horrified that I immediately swore off fur.
While tobacco companies swore off product placement during the late 1980s, persistent brand identification in movies may suggest a continuing tobacco industry presence,'' said Curtis Mekemson, a researcher and consultant with the American Lung Association of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails.
Dodgers catcher Paul Lo Duca cut out bleached foods, swore off candy and didn't ingest a sip of alcohol the past four months.
Ex-rapper Mase swore off hip hop to seek a higher calling.
Frightened, some of us swore off diet pills forever; other, braver - or more desperate - dieters couldn't wait for another safer pill to become available.