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- n. The right of a lord to pursue a thief outside the lord's own jurisdiction and bring him back within his jurisdiction to be punished.
From Middle English *outfange(n) thef, from Old English ūtfangen þēof ("right of judging thieves caught outside one’s jurisdiction, and of taking fines for the crime"), from *ūtfangen, past participle of *ūtfōn ("to take out") + þēof ("thief"), equivalent to out- + fang + thief. Compare infangthief. (Wiktionary)