refrain


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Synonyms for refrain

Synonyms for refrain

to hold oneself back

Synonyms for refrain

the part of a song where a soloist is joined by a group of singers

choose not to consume

References in classic literature ?
In another place the refrain urges and importunes; it is time for flight:
The doctor could not refrain from frequently pressing his hand when he saw his worthy servant more considerate of his master's safety than of his own, and, in relation to the sinking of the island of the Biddiomahs, he explained to him the frequency of this phenomenon upon Lake Tchad.
For a moment every eye was bent upon the noonday sun, and then in unison the people in the galleries and those in the court below took up the refrain of a low, weird chant.
He then said to himself, "I shall no longer distress myself at being struck at by these Gamecocks, when I see that they cannot even refrain from quarreling with each other.
These ballads often had a chorus or refrain in which every one joined.
The poor woman burst into tears at this goodness, and while she was thanking him, could not refrain from expressing her gratitude to Tom; who had, she said, long preserved both her and hers from starving.
In returning the extracts sent with it, he will refrain from mentioning any personal objection which he may entertain to this species of literature, and will merely say that the proposed additions to the manuscript are not necessary to the fulfilment of the purpose that he has in view.
In his account of the singular and interesting people among whom he was thrown, it will be observed that he chiefly treats of their more obvious peculiarities; and, in describing their customs, refrains in most cases from entering into explanations concerning their origin and purposes.
They urged masses to refrain from revolt against divine teachings of piousness and justice.
NNA - Former Minister Salim Jreissati addressed PM Tammam Salam to call for holding a cabinet session to "assume governmental duties and refrain from neglecting the role of the executive authority.
An arbitration court ordered Cyprus to refrain from the sale or resolution of the Federal Bank of the Middle East, before it issues an interim verdict, a spokesman of the lender's shareholders said.
Summary: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt is recovering from a "minor operation" but has asked well-wishers to refrain from telephoning to congratulate him on his recovery.
ISLAMABAD -- Political parties and candidates must refrain from criticizing private life of the opponents as hurling personal remark against them (opponent) is a blatant violation of code of conduct, says an official of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The order would require the company to refrain from using monies collected from its Three Seasons purchasers for purposes other than funding an alleged escrow deficiency, which is currently estimated to be approximately $3 million, and to refrain from selling property in its Three Seasons communities.
Goldman's trial presentation focused upon the applicable rent control provisions which not only require the tenant to refrain from engaging in conduct whereby the tenant commits a nuisance, but also refrains from conduct which facilitates and thereby permits a nuisance.