- to constrain by seizing and holding goods, etc., in pledge for rent, damages, etc., or in order to obtain satisfaction of a claim.
- to levy a distress upon.
- to levy a distress.
Origin of distrain
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Examples from the Web for distrain
But the answer was returned that "he had nothing whereon to distrain."Shakespeare's Family
Mrs. C. C. Stopes
It was not long before the lawyer came to distrain for tithe.The Cornish Coast (South)
Charles G. Harper
A shrug of the shoulders from Meadows had caused the landlord to distrain.It Is Never Too Late to Mend
And God will make it dearer to you, if you put him to distrain on you for duty.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)
After which the visitor informed Hirschler that he had come to distrain.An Englishman in Paris
Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
- law to seize (personal property) by way of distress
C13: from Old French destreindre, from Latin distringere to impede, from dis- 1 + stringere to draw tight
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