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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
To make a conscious decision not to do something: All passengers must refrain from smoking during the flight.
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