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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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For(e)stall, Foirstall, v. Also: foirstaw. [ME. forstalle (1461), AF. forstaller (1353).]

1. intr. To engage in forestalling. 14.. Acts I. 330/2.
At ye ger deliuer to the sheray … the names of the furth duelland forstallaris … byand and selland forstalland
Ib. 336/2.
Hukstaris … ar forbyaris of quhete … and turnis in merchandise and thar thai forestall
1424 Lanark & Renf. 283.
That nane sal forstall na by within vthiris schyris … without leve

2. tr. To buy (merchandice) before it is brought to the market. 1540 Reg. Great S. 494/2.
Litteras … mandando … quod eorum nullus emeret, foirstaw, regrait nec cowp lanam. coria, pelles [etc.]
1541 Peebles B. Rec. 59.
Gif ony foirstallaris be apprehended forstalland ony maner of merchandice
Ib. 60.
That nane of thame tak vpoun hand to mak ony privat mercate, foirstall, pak, or peill ony gudis vtouth oure said burgh
1599 Fraser P. 115.
Thay … forstallis the guidis and waris … afoir thay be presentit to the said fair
1614 Ib. 117.
To search … be whome the goodis … comeand to the said marcatt ar foirstallin

b. To be ahead of (the market or town) in buying. 1576 Edinb. B. Rec. IV. 47.
That nowther fre nor vnfremen pas furth of the toun … to forstall the mercat
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. 148.
The forestallers … quha forestalles the said burgh, be buying and selling

3. To secure, or pledge, beforehand. 1572 Buch. Detect. K ij.
The mindis of the maist pairt of men weir … forestallit wyth rewardis
1638 Kirkcaldy Presb. 133.
They solemnelie sweare … that they sall not divyd nor foirstale thair voyces [= votes]

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