Edano said people in the village should refrain from drinking the water—although “if they drink it will not be harmful.”
Blatter laughed out loud and quipped: “Then they should refrain from any sexual activities.”
Later in life, she approached the duke with a proposition: if he paid up, she'd refrain from publishing her memoirs.
“Listening to the generals” has been a familiar, and often dangerous, refrain over the past decade of war.
It requested the Times refrain from publishing them to avoid giving insurgents a pretext to incite violence against soldiers.
I think it necessary to refrain from doing so, but sometimes I grow forgetful.
The agony was such that the poor boy could not refrain from loud shrieks, and he was thrown into the most convulsive contortions.
I cannot refrain from giving my readers the very Grecian names of my kind entertainers.
Avoid backbiting and flattering; refrain from malice, and bragging.
Feriz Beg could not refrain from shaking his head and smiling.
mid-14c., from Old French refraigner "restrain, repress, keep in check" (12c., Modern French Réfréner), from Latin refrenare "to bridle, hold in with a bit, check, curb, keep down, control," from re- "back" (see re-) + frenare "restrain, furnish with a bridle," from frenum "a bridle." Related: Refrained; refraining.
late 14c., from Old French refrain "chorus" (13c.), alteration of refrait, noun use of past participle of refraindre "repeat," also "break off," from Vulgar Latin *refrangere "break off," alteration of Latin refringere "break up, break open" (see refraction) by influence of frangere "to break." Influenced in French by cognate Provençal refranhar "singing of birds, refrain." The notion is of something that causes a song to "break off" then resume. OED says not common before 19c.