1. legally take something in place of a debt payment
  2. levy a distress on
  3. confiscate by distress
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How To Use distrain In A Sentence

  • When Charles, distracted by the news of the distraint, returned home, Emma had just gone out. Madame Bovary
  • Every man shall have liberty to replevy his Cattell or goods impounded, distrained, seised, or extended, unless it be upon execution after Judgement, and in payment of fines. The Massachusetts Body of Liberties
  • Having distrained upon the plaintiff's goods, the inventory prepared fell short of being meticulous.
  • Who come upon us to distrain -- we pay them back in blows. The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent
  • After the premises were abandoned, distraint was impossible.
  • [39] A landlord requires no such warrant -- he can distrain without any authority. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 343, May 1844
  • The people's court, when investigating and verifying the evidence, may conduct inquest and inspection, effect distraint , make expert evaluation and inquiry, and freeze.
  • Where they have not distrainable property, which is occasionally the case, they never fly, but submit to the known punishment, and go patiently to prison. A Portraiture of Quakerism, Volume 3
  • Obviously I do not support the idea of untrained and unsanctioned bailifs restraining or even distraining. Middle Classes Tell Cam: Sod Off, We're In It For The Money
  • If the original entity has ceased to exist or it exists but it has been written off the corrupted and misappropriated funds as losses, the distraint shall be handed over to the national treasure.
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