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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


or reist

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



  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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