- distress call
Origin of distraint
Examples from the Web for distraint
This morning a letter has arrived, threatening a distraint upon our goods unless a large sum of money be paid by to-morrow.The Idol of The Blind|Tom Gallon
There was a poor woman who kept a shop, and she was threatened with a distraint for her poor-rate.
On the house and property a distraint had been levied for moneys due which had not been paid.Balzac|Frederick Lawton
If he failed to pay his rent, however excessive, his property was rendered liable to distraint and his person to imprisonment.
Why, there is not a police inspector in France who would come at this hour to carry out an investigation—and a distraint to boot!Messengers of Evil|Pierre Souvestre