restrain oneself

restrain oneself
(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. hold back, hold aloof, forgo, desist from, show restraint, curb oneself, discipline oneself, limit oneself, efface oneself, get hold of oneself, exercise self-restraint; see also abstain .

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  • restrain — /rəˈstreɪn / (say ruh strayn) verb (t) 1. to hold back from action; keep in check or under control; keep down; repress. 2. to deprive of liberty, as a person. –phrase 3. restrain oneself, to curb one s initial impulses, desires, etc. {Middle… …  

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  • keep something in — restrain oneself from expressing a feeling he wanted to make me mad, but I kept it all in * * * ˌkeep sthˈin derived to avoid expressing an emotion Syn: ↑restrain • He could scarcely keep in his indignation. Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • bite one's lip — restrain oneself, suppress one s emotions or impulses …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • abstain from — restrain oneself from doing something. → abstain …   English new terms dictionary

  • keep — keepable, adj. keepability, n. /keep/, v., kept, keeping, n. v.t. 1. to hold or retain in one s possession; hold as one s own: If you like it, keep it. Keep the change. 2. to hold or have the use of for a period of time: You can keep it for the… …   Universalium

  • keep — [c]/kip / (say keep) verb (kept, keeping) –verb (t) 1. to maintain in one s action or conduct: to keep watch; to keep step; to keep silence. 2. to cause to continue in some place, position, state, course, or action specified: to keep a light… …  

  • keep — [[t]kip[/t]] v. kept, keep•ing, n. 1) to hold or retain in one s possession, either permanently or temporarily 2) to hold in a given place; put or store: to keep mints in a dish[/ex] 3) to maintain (some action), as in accordance with duty: to… …   From formal English to slang

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