You can heave that rock to the top of the slope, but unless you make a constant effort to restrain it, sooner or later it will come rolling down again.
The government had worked hard to restrain price rises for the campaigning period.
His shoulders were shaking in an attempt to restrain himself and appear strong in front of his brother.
Amiss had to restrain his impatience
At first, I managed to restrain myself, but then I heard a suppressed giggle from the veranda and made the mistake of turning round.
I just stood there and watched powerlessly, as T.J.'s dad violently struggled to restrain his son from running off.
I replied, unable to restrain my fast spreading grin.
It would produce a report, stating its opinion as to whether or not the proposed takeover would be likely to prevent or restrict competition or restrain trade and would be likely to operate against the common good.
the need to restrain public expenditure
Detective 1 was explaining to me how it's extremely difficult to restrain someone without hurting them.