One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Avoid (or cause someone to avoid) doing something.‘Dinah bit her lips to keep from screaming’
refrain from, stop oneself, restrain oneself from, prevent oneself from, manage not to, forbear from, resist the temptation to, forgo, avoidprevent, stop, hinder, impede, hamperView synonyms
- ‘For example, it is particularly striking that almost half of the Hispanic Spanish speakers in this study believed that the two-way program kept them from dropping out of school.’
- ‘Their parents, too, reported that the children's oral health problems kept them from playing with other kids and disrupted their sleep.’
- ‘Health problems kept him from traveling.’
- ‘If you're over 40, you remember how you thought inflation would keep you from ever finding a job.’
- ‘It's sort of like this snorting sound - loud enough to keep us from ever sleeping again, yet quiet enough not to wake the neighborhood.’
- ‘Still, one wonders what has kept Faber from producing a paperback edition for so long.’
- ‘Parents who speak in complete sentences will have children, by and large, who will do so, especially if they are kept from watching television and motion pictures.’
- ‘I can't recall ever actually watching a sunrise, and I guess technically I didn't see one yesterday since the rain clouds kept us from actually seeing the sun at all.’
- ‘Avoiding the person will keep you from reinforcing the feelings you have toward them.’
- ‘This process was a valuable tool in breaking through the walls that kept them from understanding themselves.’
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