"a space of time," Old English frist, first "space of time" (cf. Old Frisian first, Old High German frist, Old Norse frest). As a verb, meaning "delay," from early 13c.
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Fryst, or frist; to postpone possession or action,—the opposite of tryst.Letters of Samuel Rutherford|Samuel Rutherford