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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of refrain.


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  • He refrained from the high expenditures for his campaign management and advisors, in contrast to both McCain and Clinton.

    Obama at the N.A.A.C.P. Convention - The Caucus Blog -

  • He introduced me to the priest (not knowing I'd already met him), tried to give me a welcome packet they were out of, told me about the building and the renovated windows, and invited me to a post-Mass breakfast in the basement (I had coffee but refrained from the donuts).

    The Other People at Church

  • I have refrained from the whole woe is Sci Fi. com only because it was always a loss leader, and how long can literary corporate sponsorship last at a company that canceled Farscape and puts on consistently crappy TV movies?

    ccfinlay: The oblogatory late take on the late SCI FICTION

  • Among many others, Robespierre, Lenin, and, in a less malign form (in that he mostly refrained from the wanton butchery of his foes), Daniel Ortega have all taught us this lesson.

    February 2004

  • Bob Ryan and Mitch Albom said the "straight" media had refrained from a rush to judgment, but Albom said radio talk shows and non-mainstream media had gone over the line on speculation. - With biggest sluggers absent at Home Run Derby, fans lose

  • It would appear that his only hope for rehabilitation would be if he refrained from the use of drugs.

    National ParoleĀ—Its Successes and Its Failures

  • But, oh, I know I raised my face in frank answer to the thunder and trumpets of the message unspoken, and that, had it been death for that one look and that one moment I could not have refrained from the gift of myself that must have been in my face and eyes, in the very body of me that breathed so high.

    On the Makaloa Mat

  • Had the terms of that treaty been in evidence sooner, would the two nations at loggerheads have refrained from the shedding of blood on the battlefield sooner than they did?

    The Gospel of Peace

  • He not only refrained from the society of sinners, but kept himself clean from the pollutions of sin, and this with an eye to the place he had among those that compassed God's altar.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • 46 They refrained from the highest enjoyment, intending to marry.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night


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