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circa 1736, in the meaning defined above
distrain + -t (as in constraint)
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“Distraint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distraint. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.
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