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  • n. A Scottish criminal offense. As rief implies, it is a form of theft committed by force.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Scots law, theft accompanied by violence; robbery; burglary. The term is usually applied in cases in which robbery is committed within a dwelling-house.


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  • ‘Deforcement — spulzie-stouthrief — masterful rescue!’ exclaimed Peter Peebles, scandalized at the resistance offered to the law in the person of Nicholas Faggot.


  • Thou canst frame locks and bars to defend the property of the weak against the stouthrief and oppression of the strong.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

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