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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To hold oneself back. Also: A repeated phrase or verse of a song or poem.

Usage examples (34)
  • You needn't love your enemy, but if you refrain from telling lies about him, you are doing well enough.
  • During hit song "Oh Mandy," Krill's voice warbled the title refrain to aching effect and reminded listeners why it became so infectious.
  • The anthem's refrain translates as: "Grab your weapons, citizens!
  • That refrain is basically repeated in Mish's piece. for more
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