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restrain from (something)

1. To resist or hold back from doing something. A noun or pronoun is used between "restrain" and "from." I restrained from making snide remarks as he plodded through his utterly inept presentation. It can be hard for parents to restrain from doing everything for their children, but you've got to let them figure out how to function on their own.
2. To prevent or hold someone back from doing something. A noun or pronoun is used between "restrain" and "from." We restrained her from making any further comments during the press conference. The federal court is restraining the company from manufacturing the controversial product until its safety could be verified without a shadow of a doubt.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

restrain someone from something

to prevent someone from doing something. I had to restrain her from hurting herself. I was unable to restrain myself from giggling at the wisecrack.
See also: restrain
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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So of the contraries reason and energy, recast as reason and "desire" on plate 5, he says: "Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained; and the restrainer or reason usurps its place & governs the unwilling.
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The heat source is an electrical resistance made of nicrome and the rats are placed in a restrainer that holds them in position.
The prisoner had been marched down a hallway naked, escorted by staff members of the opposite sex, and was then strapped face down to a restrainer board in a spread-eagle position.
It was Calvin who, late in his Institutes, first set forth the role of the magistrate as restrainer of monarchical or tyrannical power.(58) No longer was justice simply another name for the king's decree--the office of magistrate was entrusted to compare every edict with God's perfect standard of justice.(59) Unjust princes and rulers were to "be afraid" when faced with God's requirements of unchanging righteousness--the magistrates were to charge them with upholding justice; if the rulers disobeyed God, then the magistrates had the authority and duty to "withstand" such rulers.(60) Whether he goes beyond Calvin at this point is arguable, but what is certain is that Ramsey views all private citizens as magistrates.
The animal was removed from the breeding cage and placed in a glass tube (restrainer), in which one of its ends was similar in its shape and dimensioned to the anatomical shape and dimensions of rat's head.
Rats were kept inside the restrainer for 6 h per day for 21 consecutive days.
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