One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Charles restrained his anger’
control, keep under control, check, hold in check, keep in check, curb, suppress, repress, contain, keep within bounds, limit, regulate, restrict, moderate, dampen, put a brake on, subdue, smother, choke back, stifle, bridle, leash, bit, muzzle, bottle up, cork, rein back, rein in, keep in
informal keep the lid on
2‘she had to restrain herself from slamming the receiver down’
prevent, stop, keep, hold back
hinder, impede, hamper, restrict, constrain, obstruct
3‘a court could restrain a doctor from continuing treatment’
prohibit, ban, bar, disallow, interdict
forbid, veto, proscribe
4‘the insane used to be restrained with straitjackets’
tie up, bind, strap, truss, pinion, lash, tether, chain, chain up, fetter, shackle, manacle, put in irons, handcuff
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