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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.