låta bli

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låta bli

  1. avoid, restrain oneself from, keep from; usually with respect to touching, meddling with, or generally doing
    Låt bli saxen! Den är ingen leksak.
    Don't touch the scissors! They are no toys.

Usage notes[edit]

Always refers to an action which should be avoided, though the action may be implicitly understood. For example in the example above, the action referred to is "röra" (=touch). If one wants to specify the action to be avoided, it is to follow in the full infinitive, as in Låt bli att röra saxen!.