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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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Fishawy - behance CAIRO - 18 August 2019: The Khalifa family court sentenced Ahmed el Fishawy to one month in prison for refraining from providing the expenses of his daughter Lina from his ex-wife Hend el-Hennawy in the lawsuit number 86.
Chairman FBR Syed Shabbar Zaidi, has conveyed a message to the business community that beside refraining from business in smuggled goods, they should not indulge in under-invoicing or other mis-declarations when getting their imported goods cleared at the Ports.
According to the statement, FBR Chairman Syed Shabbar Zaidi conveyed a message to the business community that besides refraining from smuggling goods, they should not indulge in under-invoicing or other misdeclarations when getting their imported goods cleared at ports.
The Prime Minister of Armenia, who speaks about refraining from use of force and threatening by use of force, for educative purposes should get acquainted with the OSCE Helsinki Final Act of 1975, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry told Trend.
Apart from keeping the independence of the parties' business operations and other conditions prevailing prior to March 25, the other interim measures are refraining from executing any final agreement or contract that will transfer any asset, equity, interest, including the assumption by Uber of a board seat in Grab refraining from providing access between parties on any confidential information refraining from imposing exclusivity clauses, lock-in periods and/or termination fees to drivers refraining from acts that may lead to reduced viability and saleability of businesses refraining from acts that will prejudice the PCC's power to review the transaction and impose remedies and refraining from performing any act that may lead and/or further lead to the consummation of the transaction.
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has "extended appreciation" to the US administration among others for "refraining from jumping to conclusions" in the ongoing investigation in the Jamal Koshaggi case.
It further said that though it is refraining from interfering in the notification of the commission, it's a 'wakeup call for the commission'.
Download Berri discusses developments with visitors, says refraining from resignation a just act NNA - Speaker of the House Nabih Berri said on Monday that refraining from resignation was a just act.
Nasr City Misdemeanour Court sentenced on Monday Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim to two years in prison for refraining from carrying out a court verdict.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- The Arabic word for fasting, sawm, literally means "to refrain" and refers not only to refraining from food and drink but from bad acts, thoughts and words.
The parties' refraining from such unilateral practices about issues which should be discussed under negotiations for final status, is of great importance," it said.
With many investors refraining from active bond trading, there is a lack of direction in the long-term interest rate, traders said.
Reports from a sample of California high school students suggest that over time, teenagers increasingly feel negative social or emotional consequences of refraining from sexual activity, and their experiences of positive consequences diminish.
Each method is easy to internalize and use, such as the importance of limiting excessive verbosity used to communicate when a child is naughty (an estimated "one word per year of life" sentence structure is recommended when communicating parental displeasure), the giving an immediate consequence for unacceptable behavior, refraining from yelling at children, and refraining from giving warnings, which only reinforce the idea that obedience is not required the first time a child is given an instruction.
A substantial risk of forfeiture exists when transferred property rights are conditioned (directly or indirectly) on the future performance (or refraining from performance) of substantial services by any person or the occurrence of a condition related to the purpose of the transfer; the possibility of forfeiture is substantial if such condition is not satisfied.