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distrain

[dih-streyn] /dɪˈstreɪn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to constrain by seizing and holding goods, etc., in pledge for rent, damages, etc., or in order to obtain satisfaction of a claim.
2.
to levy a distress upon.
verb (used without object)
3.
to levy a distress.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English distreinen < Anglo-French, Old French destreindre < Latin distringere to stretch out, equivalent to di- di-2 + stringere to draw tight; see strain1
Related forms
distrainable, adjective
distrainee, noun
distrainment, noun
distrainor, distrainer, noun
undistrained, adjective
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  • The sheriff can distrain or attach funds owed to the delinquent taxpayer.
British Dictionary definitions for distrain

distrain

/dɪˈstreɪn/
verb
1.
(law) to seize (personal property) by way of distress
Derived Forms
distrainable, adjective
distrainment, noun
distrainor, distrainer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French destreindre, from Latin distringere to impede, from dis-1 + stringere to draw tight
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