from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The keeping of an alehouse by an officer of a forest, and drawing people to spend their money for liquor for fear of his displeasure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, the keeping of an ale-house within a forest by an officer of the forest, and drawing people (who fear to incur his displeasure) to spend their money there.
Scot + ale (Wiktionary)