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  • n. Plural form of refrain.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of refrain.


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  • As Israel refrains from a settlement freeze that would keep peace talks afloat, the international community is of the consensus that Israel's inaction demonstrates that it does not want peace.

    Alon Ben-Meir: Israel's False Sense of Invincibility

  • I'm sure others will correct me, but finding an "explanation" for many sayings and refrains is an exercise fraught with difficulty - imagine, for instance, trying to explain "See you later, alligator"; "In a while, crocodile" ...


  • Even the 'common stock' of refrains is different, the only exceptions being that of kataŋ Buddhassa sāsanaŋ, tisso vijjā anuppattā, and n'atthi 'dāni punabbhavo.

    Psalms of the Sisters

  • The righteous man not merely refrains from the act, but from the glance of spiritual lust (Job 31: 1; Mt 5: 28). idols of ...

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Seth Godin refrains from making an April Fools Joke out of Bradley Smith's (US Federal Election Commission) plan to crack down on Bloggers.


  • Congressman Lindsey Graham, today, repeated one of his refrains, which is -- at the moment he's headed towards voting for impeachment, but, he says, if the President will admit he lied under oath and come clean, he, Mr. Graham, will now vote against impeachment.

    Press Briefing By Joe Lockhart

  • I couldn't help but recall the refrains of Bialik's poem "In the City of Slaughter," when he bemoans the fact that despite the horror of what transpired in Kishinev, life continued apace, as if there were nothing that needed to be remembered: "The matter ends, and nothing more.

    Israel Hasbara Committee

  • But I realize there are lots of different ways to look at this, including the common refrains of "it's a stimulus for our economy" and "but it's entertainment, just like football."

    Brad Feld: The Predictable Flood Of Politics-Oriented Web Startups

  • Lately, all across the country, one of the most popular refrains warns, "When you see your neighbor's fence on fire, turn the hose on your own."

    Yoani Sanchez: When Your Neighbor's Fence Is on Fire: Gaddafi's Lessons for Castro

  • The doctor says he can do it as long as he refrains from certain moves. | Blog | Mailbag: Can You Hoop With a Hip Replacement?


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