stable-stand

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Noun[edit]

stable-stand (uncountable)

  1. (UK, law, obsolete) The position of a person found standing in the forest with a crossbow or longbow bent, ready to shoot at a deer, or close by a tree with greyhounds in a leash ready to slip; one of the four presumptions that a person intended to steal the king's deer.
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