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distrain (hist.) force to perform an obligation by the seizure of a chattel, etc. XIII; levy a distress XIV; in various casual senses ‘press’, ‘compress’, ‘oppress’, ‘strain out’ XIV. — OF. destreign-, pres. stem of destreindre :- L. distringere exert opposing strains on (see DIS- 1). Aphetic STRAIN.

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Distrain

DISTRAIN

To seize the property of an individual and retain it until an obligation is performed. The taking of the goods and chattels of a tenant by a landlord in order to satisfy an unpaid debt.

Distrain is a comprehensive term that may be used in reference to any detention of personal property, lawful or unlawful.

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