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Arrest, subst. 1) the taking or apprehending of a person in the way of law: H6B III, 1, 99. Lr. V, 3, 83 (Qq attaint). under an a. == in prison, Meas. I, 2, 136. Figuratively: Hml. V, 2, 348 (cf. Hml. V, 2, 348).
2) any restraint upon a person binding him to be responsible to the law: “lords you that here are under our a.” R2 IV, 158, i. e. bound to appear in judgment. “He sends out --s on Fortinbras,” Hml. II, 2, 67, i. e. countermandates.
3) stop, stay: that fell a. without all bail (sc. death) Sonn. 74, 1 (cf. Hml. V, 2, 348). “served a dumb a. upon his tongue,” Lucr. 1780.
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