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: seizure and detention of the goods of another as pledge (see pledge entry 1 sense 1) or to obtain satisfaction of a claim by the sale of the goods seized
: something that is distrained
: pain or suffering affecting the body, a bodily part, or the mind : trouble
The patient showed no obvious signs of distress.
severe emotional distress
voiced their distress over the delays
: a painful situation : misfortune
: a state of danger or desperate need
a ship in distress
distressed; distressing; distresses
: to subject to great strain or difficulties
homes distressed by poverty
archaic : to force or overcome by inflicting pain
: to mar (something, such as clothing or wood) deliberately to give an effect of age
a distressed table
: offered for sale at a loss
: involving distress goods
a distress sale
Noun Citizens voiced their distress over delays in fixing the problem. The patient showed no obvious signs of distress. He suffered severe emotional distress as a result of the accident. Verb don't let all the bad news distress you
Recent Examples on the Web
NounOn Thursday, during a news conference, Jason Glenn, one of the four siblings, and his lawyer announced the lawsuit against the mortuary, citing negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. —Sydney Carruth, The Arizona Republic, 3 Mar. 2023 Humphrey’s lawsuit accuses Mercy Corps of intentional infliction of emotional distress. —oregonlive, 24 Feb. 2023 The anti-Covid spending, combined with a crisis in the crucial real estate industry, is believed to have left provincial governments in financial distress and looking for ways to cut costs. —Isaac Lee, NBC News, 17 Feb. 2023 Coleman is in the midst of a last-ditch effort to save the school, which has been in financial distress for years. —al, 11 Feb. 2023 The pursuit of bankruptcy protection by LTL Management does not meet the bankruptcy code's intended purpose, since LTL Management is not in financial distress, the court opinion said. —Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 30 Jan. 2023 The lawsuit also lists record labels Interscope and Nothing Records as defendants, accusing the labels of negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and other charges. —Jessica Wang, EW.com, 30 Jan. 2023 Cox is suing the officers and city for $100 million in federal court for alleged negligence, excessive use of force, failing to provide immediate medical care, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress, among other claims. —Dave Collins, ajc, 11 Jan. 2023 This classic fairy tale puts a refreshing twist on the age-old damsel-in-distress story. —Good Housekeeping, 9 Jan. 2023
VerbSeeking an immune-strengthening Vitamin C supplement that won't distress your stomach? —Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 9 Nov. 2022 Even though Twitter's LOLs and IMOs and SMHs may distress some language purists, Eisenstein says Twitter is just a new twist on a classic story. —Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 11 Sep. 2015 What should distress you even more is that, before this PR nightmare, the momentum had started to swing your way. —Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 27 Feb. 2012 Dogs can detect sound frequencies between two and three times higher than humans can, so loud noises can easily distress them. —Griffin Wiles, The Indianapolis Star, 1 July 2022 Fireworks can distress and cause problems for animals, people at home, and those with post-traumatic stress disorder, said Brockton City Council President John Lally. —Matt Yan, BostonGlobe.com, 14 June 2022 In their zeal to prepare for a shooting emergency on their campuses, school districts across the nation have gravitated toward hyperreal simulations like these, despite some experts’ concerns that the realism may distress or traumatize kids. —Laura Newberrystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 The rapidly aging population and shrinking workforce could severely distress China's economic and social stability. —Nectar Gan And Steve George, CNN, 1 Dec. 2021 In 2017, a ship from the aid group Sea-Watch responded to distress calls from a sinking migrant boat. —Ian Urbina, The New Yorker, 28 Nov. 2021
AdjectiveBut the policy itself, which requires all patients who test positive to be isolated, including young children and babies, has caused significant levels distress among parents. —Simone Mccarthy And Yong Xiong, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022 The post-distress investing segment is particularly attractive right now. —George Schultze, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 The attractiveness of investing in both public and private post-distress equities in this part of the cycle will likely remain very interesting for the medium-term. —George Schultze, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Both of these post-distress firms still look attractive on an after-tax cash flow basis versus their peers. —George Schultze, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 Going forward, many more firms emerging from the COVID crisis will have large NOLs that can benefit their post-distress shareholders. —George Schultze, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 Thys didn’t hang any of the flags upside down, but these are clearly distress symbols. —Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2020 See More
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