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reest1

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verb (used with object) Scot. and North England.
  1. to cure, smoke, or dry (meat or fish).

Origin of reest1

1500–10; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Danish, Norwegian riste to roast

reest2

or reist

[reest]
verb (used without object) Scot. and North England.
  1. (of a horse) to stop or refuse to go; balk.

Origin of reest2

First recorded in 1780–90; dialectal variant of rest1
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Examples from the Web for reest

Historical Examples

  • Gay Garland had carried my father over long to reest with him at the hinderend.

    The Men of the Moss-Hags

    S. R. Crockett


British Dictionary definitions for reest

reest

reast

verb
  1. (intr) Northern English dialect (esp of horses) to be noisily uncooperative

Word Origin

probably from Scottish arreest arrest; perhaps related to restive
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