distrain

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From Old French destraindre, from Latin distringere (to pull asunder, stretch out, engage, hinder, molest, Medieval Latin also compel, coerce as by exacting a pledge by a fine or by imprisonment), from dis- (apart) + stringere (to draw tight, strain).

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distrain (third-person singular simple present distrains, present participle distraining, simple past and past participle distrained)

  1. (obsolete) To squeeze, press, embrace; to constrain, oppress.
  2. (law, transitive, obsolete) To force (someone) to do something by seizing their property.
  3. (law, intransitive) To seize somebody's property in place of, or to force, payment of a debt.
    to distrain a person by his goods and chattels
  4. (obsolete) To pull off, tear apart.

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