swear off


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swear off (something)

To promise, pledge, or be determined not to do, use, eat, or imbibe something anymore. Thank you, but I don't drink. I swore off alcohol when my father was killed by a drunk driver. Jack swore off cigarettes for his New Year's resolution.
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swear off (something)

to pledge to avoid or abstain from something. I've sworn off desserts. I am on a diet. No dessert for me. I've sworn off.
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swear off

Pledge to renounce or give up, as in I've sworn off cigarettes. This expression was first used for abjuring liquor in the first half of the 1800s but has since been broadened to just about anything.
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swear off

v.
To pledge to renounce or give up something: I have sworn off cigarettes and alcohol.
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('To swear off: people who promised they would give evidence for others in court, if subsequently they were unwilling to give evidence, swore that they knew nothing')
Demosthenes 19.176 writes' [GREEK TEXT OMITTED] ('I shall call each of the other envoys and compel them to choose either to give evidence or to swear off').
Before you swear off guys completely, get real: You're going to go on some bad dates, get rejected (probably more than once) and go through some tough breakups.
Don't swear off any vegetable (or other healthy food) because you think it once gave you gas.
4 (4) 40 Days and 40 Nights (15) Dim comedy as Josh Hartnett tries to swear off sex for Lent.
If, like Oprah Winfrey, mad cow disease has made you swear off hamburgers, you might be eating more fish instead.
The whole experience could be enough to make you swear off writing forever.
But before you swear off meat, poultry and fish altogether, there are a few things you should know.
You could swear off them until summer, when home-grown tomatoes are in season.
Maybe Americans don't balance as well as we could or we should, but I don't believe that we have to swear off certain foods to maintain a healthy body weight -- whatever that is."
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an organization that helps people swear off drinking, one day at a time.
So should you swear off grapefruit or grapefruit juice if you take them?
Doesn't sound like she's going to suddenly snap out of it and swear off the juvenile delinquency act.