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cease and desist

To stop doing something. This phrase is typically associated with legal matters. We received a letter ordering us to cease and desist due to copyright infringement, so we had to halt production.
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desist from (something)

To stop doing something. If you don't desist from blasting that music, I'm calling the police!
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cease and desist

to completely stop doing something. (A legal phrase.) The judge ordered the merchant to cease and desist the deceptive practices. When they were ordered to cease and desist, they finally stopped.
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desist from something

to stop doing something. You must desist from further attempts to contact your wife. I wish you would desist from calling me Willie.
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cease and desist

Stop, leave off doing something, as in: "Bliss excavated at least once on his own and Dr. Brand ... told him to cease and desist" (Douglas Preston quoting Frank Hibben, The New Yorker, June 12, 1995). This legal term is a redundancy, since cease and desist mean virtually the same thing, but often appears in legal documents to avoid possible misinterpretation. [c. 1920]
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References in classic literature ?
When we had surmounted the acclivity, I was about to withdraw my arm from his, but by a slight tightening of the elbow was tacitly informed that such was not his will, and accordingly desisted.
She had tried to converse with her guard but he had not seemed inclined to talk with her and she had finally desisted.
So passed the afternoon, and as darkness settled upon the castle the Baron desisted from his attempts, intending to starve his prisoner out.
I tried to get her to tell me more; but her terror was so real when she spoke of the Wieroo and the land of Oo-oh where they dwell that I at last desisted, though I did learn that the Wieroo carried off only female babes and occasionally women of the Galus who had "come up from the beginning.
For half an hour they called to him to return, but as he did not answer them they at last desisted, and sought the sleeping-mats within their huts.
They had apparently caught the creature asleep in the sun and desisted long enough from their flight to hack him to pieces.
Sorry my hand played out," Martin said, when at last he desisted.
And at the second net we were greeted by rifle shots till we desisted and went on to the third, where the manoeuvre was again repeated.
Scott never desisted from his efforts, though he looked up coolly and asked: