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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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v. - Legally take something in place of a debt payment; Confiscate by hardship; Levy a hardship on.

Usage examples (32)
  • The courts have accepted that goods may be validly distrained in this way.
  • We have been obliged to distrain, as you know; and I wish John Smithies to buy in what he pleases.
  • Many stoutly refused to pay; and the constables whose duty it was to distrain in such cases manifested great reluctance to proceed to extremities.
  • If a landlord distrain for rent, he can find no bidders for the crops or cattle; how much more difficult will it be for him to obtain bidders for land? for more
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