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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of distrain.

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Examples

  • She and Jacob had Judah jailed and his possessions distrained because he had married a Portuguese Jewish woman in Pesaro.

    Benvenida Abravanel.

  • His London life was equally disastrous. he made a start with his stock-in-trade, was constantly on the move, in dread of being distrained for rent; half starved, and in a sorry plight.

    James Catnach, Ballad-monger, Part 1

  • His goods are distrained, his children are crying with cold and hunger, and the very bed on which his sick wife is lying, is dragged from beneath her.

    Sketches by Boz

  • My creditors have distrained on my goods, and here are others again, who demand security for their interest.

    The Clouds

  • Drogo distrained on my father two years before, when he was in his last illness and I had all to do, our fields and Bosiet's harvest labour, and we ended in debt.

    The Hermit of Eyton Forest

  • Drogo distrained on my father two years before, when he was in his last illness and I had all to do, our fields and Bosiet's harvest labour, and we ended in debt.

    The Hermit of Eyton Forest

  • But I'm sorry for those who have had goods distrained.

    One Corpse Too Many

  • Caught between these two tides, Torold passed a miserable day of fretting and waiting; but it brought him at last well beyond Willem Ten Heyt's tight and brutal guard-post, which by then had amassed a great quantity of goods distrained from agitated travellers, and a dozen sound horses.

    One Corpse Too Many

  • My creditors have distrained on my goods, and here are others again, who demand security for their interest.

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 1

  • A debtor's sureties shall not be distrained upon so long as the debtor himself can discharge his debt.

    The Magna Carta

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