Definition of distrain
From ME. distreynen < OF. destraindre < L. distringere ("to pull asunder, stretch out, engage, hinder, molest, ML. also compel, coerce as by exacting a pledge by a fine or by imprisonment") < dis- ("apart") + stringere ("to draw tight, strain").
to distrain (third-person singular simple present distrains, present participle distraining, simple past and past participle distrained)
- (law) To seize somebody's property in place of, or to force, payment of a debt.
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