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refrain from (doing something)

To make a considered, conscious effort not to do something. I ask everyone to refrain from asking questions until the end of the presentation. Please refrain from talking while you are in the library.
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refrain from something

to hold back from doing something; to choose not to do something as planned. I wish you would refrain from shouting. Please refrain from hollering.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

refrain from

To make a conscious decision not to do something: All passengers must refrain from smoking during the flight.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
Tarzan could not understand, for he could conceive of nothing, or no one, with the authority to dictate to him what he should do, or what he should refrain from doing.
The water is safe; however you may want to refrain from doing laundry until the water is clear.
Kanime told the residents that illegal electrical connections are equal to stealing and that they should refrain from doing so.
He said serving pilgrims is a noble deed and political parties should refrain from doing politics on this sacred cause.
RAMALLAH, Thursday, June 13, 2019 (WAFA) -- The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee called today upon all parties who have been invited to the Manama workshop, called for by the United States, to refrain from doing so, as the workshop aims at establishing the principle of "money for peace".
He advised his political opponents to refrain from doing politics for the sake of politics if they could not bring themselves to lend a hand in renovating and upgrading the area so that the progress of the region might be continued without any obstacle.
Pakistan Exchange Commissioner of Pakistan last month issued a notification warning public to refrain from doing any business with 3A Alliance Company of its affiliate's added government has decided to take action against the company against looting public money.
We need to refrain from doing things which can devalue the rewards of fasting ' he said.
The article 199 (a) (1), which describes the jurisdictions of the high courts in Pakistan, states that a high court can make an order 'directing a person performing, within the territorial jurisdiction of the court, functions in connection with the affairs of the federation, a province or a local authority, to refrain from doing anything he is not permitted by law to do, or to do anything he is required by law to do'.
Superintendent Mookodi cautioned people who drank alcohol in un-designated areas to refrain from doing so, indicating that they came across many such incidents over the holidays.
GO TO COURT If all else fails you can take the matter to court and obtain an order from a judge for your neighbour to do or refrain from doing something.
The event marks the second time Manila has sent Taiwanese people suspected of fraud to China in less than a year, despite repeated calls from Taiwan's government for authorities to refrain from doing so.
He emphasized on desalination, repair of water pumps, lining of irrigation canals and stopping of water theft for the conservation of water and asked the politicians to refrain from doing politics on water as the dams and hydro-power were the answer of our water and energy crisis.
'May I request my friends here on facebook who might come across my cousin Brian Velasco's last video post, to politely ask people who are sharing it (if you know them personally) and persuade them to refrain from doing so and to pull it down from their newsfeeds?' Rbee Ablan wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
But Transport Secretary Chris Grayling advised Mr Bercow to refrain from doing anything that would "cause controversy around his position" and "undermine" the credibility of the post.