from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of distraining, or the state of being distrained.


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  • "I am at this moment promoting two suits against the collectors of talliages, in which I expect at present to get ten thousand crowns 'damages, without counting another against an assessor's officer, who wounded one Grimault, the which had one of his daughters killed before his eyes, his wife, another of his daughters, and his female servant wounded with swords and sticks, the writ of distrainment being executed whilst the poor creature was being buried."

    A Popular History of France from the Earliest Times, Volume 5


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