In short, does refraining from running buses on Shabbat serve to unify the country around the symbol of the Jewish week?
In some cases, people are refraining from shaving to benefit a charity—but not the ones tied to Movember.
Perhaps he was a little ashamed of his own certainty; but at all events he was subdued and silent, refraining almost from thought.
This also involves the power of restraint, the act or the refraining from action.
Briefly he told the simple facts as they had occurred, refraining from any attempt at explanation.
If he is innocent you are doing him no service by refraining from helping us.
Sylvia was refraining, just then, from telling of her own engagement.
Many times she allowed the dark to fall upon them, refraining from lighting the lamp.
Mr. Kendall acted with his usual judgment; and his prudence and humanity, in refraining from firing, merit the highest encomiums.
She was afflicted by his refraining from reproaches in his sunken state.
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.