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Definition of refrain noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a comment or complaint that is often repeated Complaints about unhealthy food in schools have become a familiar refrain. The protest began with a small group, but then the others took up the refrain.
  2. 2the part of a song or a poem that is repeated after each verse synonym chorus
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