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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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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.
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Jailing Owen, Judge Peter Heywood said: "You have continuously breached restraining orders in the past.
Section 12 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 (DVCVA 2004) came into force on September 30, 2009, enabling courts to impose a restraining order in a much wider range of circumstances.
She added: "I would offer no evidence in respect of the offence before the court today in respect of the restraining order being imposed."
Reports suggest that Ford was booked for criminal trespass and violating a restraining order.
He had admitted eight breaches of the restraining order, common assault and driving while disqualified.
A restraining order was made to protect Mrs Raggett, but during it "you injured her by headbutting her," he said.
Egan was interviewed by the police and admitted knowingly breaching the restraining order.
According to the publication, Glennon's ex-girlfriend, whom he dated for three years, requested for a domestic violence restraining order against him.
But she was fearful of appearing in court and agreed to a restraining order to avoid the ordeal.
Leeds Crown Court heard Justin James Riley was given a community order and made the subject of the restraining order on October 15 by magistrates for offences of battery and harassment on Charlotte Hutchinson and harassment of a previous partner.
Matthew Mayes, 39, was made subject to a restraining order at a hearing at Macclesfield Magistrates court on November 20, 2014.
And Jolyon Perks, prosecuting, told how she had applied for a number of restraining orders to keep her son away from her.
The temporary restraining order was signed by Judge Bob Downing, and requires the Veolia Environmental Services Incinerator to cease and desist any transport of the incinerator ash from the treated Ebola contaminated waste in Texas to the State of Louisiana, according to a press release from the Louisiana Attorney General's Office spokesperson Laura Gerdes Colligan.
Where the circuit court twice adjourned a hearing on issuance of a restraining order, the court lost competency to proceed.
Richard Blumenthal that would prevent subjects of temporary restraining orders from purchasing or possessing firearms.