01. Her boss was always asking her to work overtime, but she [refused] because she prefers to spend the time with her family.
02. He was fired from his job because of his [refusal] to work overtime.
03. Brendan Francis once said that people who ask our advice almost never take it. Yet we should never [refuse] to give it upon request, for it often helps us to see our own way more clearly.
04. Somerset Maugham once said, "It's a funny thing about life; if you [refuse] to accept anything but the best, you very often get it."
05. Louis Boone once said, "Don't fear failure so much that you [refuse] to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have."
06. It has been observed that if we deny love that is given to us, if we [refuse] to give love because we fear pain or loss, then our lives will be empty, our loss greater.
07. Sophie was angry when her parents [refused] to let her rent a violent video.
08. The union is grieving someone who was fired for [refusing] to work weekends.
09. C. P. Snow once said that science is the [refusal] to believe on the basis of hope.
10. There is a Spanish proverb which observes that a friendly [refusal] is better than unwilling consent.
11. Camels will [refuse] to carry loads that are not properly balanced.
12. King George V of Britain [refused] political asylum to his cousin Tsar Nicholas II in 1917; shortly afterwards the Russian Royal family was executed by the Bolsheviks.
13. On February 28, 1971, the male electorate of Liechtenstein [refused] to grant women the right to vote.
14. In the culture of Burundi, to [refuse] an offer of beer is considered an insult.
15. In April of 1967, boxer Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali, [refused] to join the United States Army for religious reasons.
16. In May of 1953, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in the District of Columbia could not [refuse] to serve blacks.
17. Many Americans were outraged by France's [refusal] to support the Iraq war without UN approval.

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