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Monday, August 23, 2010

Definitions for distrain

  1. To seize the property of (a person) in order to compel payment of debts.
  2. To levy a distress upon.

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Citations for distrain
He would be thinking of her as a Fury coming to carry him off, or even as a tipstaff with warrant to distrain. Yet it was not she, but Love, that was the bailiff. Samuel Beckett, Murphy
He had come up against a very crafty minx who, instead of seeking to distrain his effects, went for him instead, had him arrested and jailed. Denis Diderot, Jacques the fatalist and his master
Origin of distrain
Distrain is ultimately a combination of two Latin roots, dis, "apart," and stringere, "to draw tight."
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