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/ (dɪsˈtrɪŋɡæs) /


law (formerly) a writ directing a sheriff to distrain

Nearby words

district judge, district man, district nurse, district of columbia, district six, distringas, distrito federal, distrix, distrust, distrustful, disturb

Word Origin for distringas

from Latin: you shall distrain (the opening word of the writ)
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Examples from the Web for distringas

  • Perhaps the best plan would be to put on a distringas with the deceased's grocer.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Dec. 12, 1917|Various
  • A corporation, however, is proceeded against by distringas and not by attachment.

  • Distringas, dis-tring′gas, n. an old writ directing a sheriff or other officer to distrain.

  • After several months' delay, during which the bank officials ignored a summons to appear in court, a distringas was secured.