As looters roamed, you could hear a few of the refrains that have defined this situation, most notably “No justice, no peace.”
The refrains of “who lost Syria” and “who lost Egypt” can already be heard.
So long as Egypt refrains from warring against Israel, other Arab states cannot take military action by themselves.
Berg, characteristically, refrains from offering anything resembling a definitive conclusion.
Perfectly conscious of his own powers to make Chiliasm appear at once absurd and ridiculous he refrains from doing so.
The refrains must be intoned if not sung to get the proper effect.
Sebastian Franck notes all the varieties of views which Bullinger mentions, but refrains from any classification.
But it may not be they; and stayed by the uncertainty, he refrains from firing.
You can divide his book by these things; it has its periods, strophes and refrains.
When disinclined to write, she refrains from touching a pen.
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.