Definitions

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  • n. Alternative form of infangthief.
  • v. To draw or take in.
  • v. To cheat; gull; take in.
  • v. To seize; get into one's clutches.

Etymologies

From in- +‎ fang. Compare Old English onfōn (past participle onfangen; "to take, receive, perceive, comprehend, accept, take to one’s self, sponsor, harbor, favor unrighteously, take hold of, undertake, undergo, begin, conceive"). (Wiktionary)
Shortened from infangthief. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He had rights of free-warren, saccage and sockage, cuisage and jambage, fosse and fork, infang theofe and outfang theofe; and all waifs and strays belonged to him in fee simple.

    Half-Hours with Great Story-Tellers

  • HOW NIGEL WAS TRIED BY THE ABBOT OF WAVERLEY The law of the Middle Ages, shrouded as it was in old Norman-French dialect, and abounding in uncouth and incomprehensible terms, in deodands and heriots, in infang and outfang, was a fearsome weapon in the hands of those who knew how to use it.

    Sir Nigel

  • The law of the Middle Ages, shrouded as it was in old Norman-French dialect, and abounding in uncouth and incomprehensible terms, in deodands and heriots, in infang and outfang, was a fearsome weapon in the hands of those who knew how to use it.

    Sir Nigel

  • The descent of the manors through the monasteries and the persons who purchased them at the Dissolution filled several pages, and was supplemented with a charter recognising rights of infang and outfang, assize of bread and ale, and so forth.

    Round About a Great Estate

  • University held and exercised the privileges of infang-thief and outfang-thief, and other such old-world rights, there must have been a place somewhere within the liberties devoted to examinations even more exciting than the great-go.

    Tom Brown at Oxford

  • Veolan, and others, had been erected into a free barony by a charter from David the First, cum liberali potest. habendi curias et justicias, cum fossa et furca (LIE, pit and gallows) et saka et soka, et thol et theam, et infang-thief et outfang-thief, sive hand-habend. sive bak-barand. '

    Waverley — Volume 1

  • (= lie = pit and gallows) _et saka et soka, et thol et theam, et infang-thief et outfang-thief, sive hand-habend. sive bak-barand.

    The Waverley

  • Tully - Veolan, and others, had been erected into a free barony by a charter from David the First, cum liberali potest. habendi curias et justicias, cum fossa et furca (LIE, pit and gallows) et saka et soka, et thol et theam, et infang-thief et outfang-thief, sive hand-habend. sive bak-barand.’

    Waverley

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