constrain (one) from (doing something)

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constrain (one) from (doing something)

To prevent or hinder one from doing something. For years, stage fright constrained me from singing in public.
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constrain someone from doing something

to prevent someone from doing something; to hold someone back from doing something. I hope this doesn't constrain you from trying out for the play. His handicap did not constrain him from finishing the race.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The flexibility might be used to argue that one could choose other kinds of actions when dealing with an insult to the family honor, but notice that the ability to do otherwise does not constrain one from acting in this way.
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