One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘during Lent, Benjamin abstained from wine’
refrain, desist, hold back, forbear, keep
renounce, avoid, shun, eschew, abandon, abjure, forgo, go without, do without
give up, have done with
informal cut out, kick, quit, jack in, pack in
2‘our advice is about sensible drinking, not about abstaining’
be teetotal, be a teetotaller, take the pledge
informal be on the wagon
3‘262 voted against, 38 abstained’
not vote, decline to vote, refuse to vote
informal sit on the fence
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