One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the boy forebore from touching anything’
refrain, abstain, desist, keep, restrain oneself, stop oneself, hold back, withhold
resist the temptation to, steer clear of, give a wide berth to, fight shy of
eschew, avoid, shun, decline to
cease, give up, break off
informal lay off, leave off, swear off
British informal give over, jack in
nautical slang belay
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