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Restraint, 1) the keeping a check on a p.: “wishing a more strict r. upon the sisterhood,” Meas. I, 4, 4. “from curbed license plucks the muzzle of r.” H4B IV, 5, 132. “put upon you what r. and grievance the law will give him cable,” Oth. I, 2, 15. “throwing r. on us,” IV, 3, 91.
2) confinement, detention: “whence comes this r.?” Meas. I, 2, 128. Meas. I, 2, 128 “a r. to a determined scope,” III, 1, 68. “whose r.” John IV, 2, 52. “lock up your r.” Cymb. I, 1, 74.
3) the act of withholding, of keeping back: “to know the reason of this strange r.” Err. III, 1, 97 (of shutting out the master of the house; cf. restrain in R3 V, 3, 322). Hence == abstinence, reserve: “puts it off to a compelled r.” All's II, 4, 44. “madding my eagerness with her r.” V, 3, 213. “my love, without retention or r.” Tw. V, 84.
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