[ verb ] show unwillingness towards
"he declined to join the group on a hike"
Used in print(Philip Reaves, "Who Rules the Marriage Bed?"...)
In one extreme case , cited by a Pittsburgh psychologist , an office worker 's wife refused to have sexual_relations with her husband unless he bought her the luxuries she demanded .
Finally , he was cooking , washing dishes , bathing the children , and even ironing - and still his wife refused to have relations as often as he desired them .(The Rev. John A. O'Brien, "Let's Take Birth Control...)
In New_York_City in 1958 , the city 's Commissioner of Hospitals refused to permit a physician to provide a Protestant mother with a contraceptive_device .(James Boylan, "Mutinity"...)
And he refused to be anything else .(Kenneth Allsop, The Bootleggers and Their Era...)
Unlike the Sicilians , he additionally conducted holdups , robberies , and safe cracking expeditions , and refused to touch prostitution .
[ verb ] refuse to accept
"He refused my offer of hospitality"
Used in print(Jim Berry Pearson, The Maxwell Land Grant....)
When they were refused entrance to his brother 's house nearby , they smashed down the door , broke the window , and threw lighted clothes wet with kerosene into the room .(Guy Endore, Voltaire! Voltaire!...)
`` I refused '' , Duclos said .
And I was certain he would refuse '' .(Glayds H. Barr, The Master of Geneva....)
So John had refused to agree to his appointment as a preacher , and now Caroli sought revenge .(Jane Gilmore Rushing, "Against the Moon,"...)
There was really no reason to refuse , and Linda_Kay had never ridden in a Cadillac .
[ verb ] elude, esp. in a baffling way
"This behavior defies explanation"
Used in print(Gerald Green, The Heartless Light....)
The dog refused to be scared_off , so Kahler had purchased some small firecrackers .(Arthur Miller, "The Prophecy," in The Best...)
But he did not notice , and was already backing the car down to the road , saying `` Toot-toot '' ! to the stump of a tree as he passed it , the same stump which had impaled the car of many_a guest in the past thirty years and which he refused to have removed .(Leo Lemon, "Catch Up With" and "Something to...)
It is not an entirely happy book , as Mrs._Fink soon becomes jealous of Alicia and , in retaliation , refuses to continue to scrape the algae off her glass .
[ verb ] refuse to let have
"She denies me every pleasure" "he denies her weekly allowance"
Used in print(Edward Austin Walton, "On Education for the Interior...)
The largest of these organizations at_present denies to the full_time educator any vote on the conduct and standards of the group and , indeed , refuses him even the right to attach the customary initials after his name in the college catalog .