infangthief

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English infangthef, from Old English infangeneþēof (infangthief), equivalent to infang +‎ thief.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɪnfæŋθiːf/

Noun[edit]

infangthief

  1. the right of a lord to punish a thief caught within the bounds of his property
    • 1964, Anthony Burgess, The Eve of St Venus:
      The wrought-iron gates (infangthief and outfangthief in heavy balls on the gate-posts) were open for their hard-breathing entry.

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