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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. X).
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Tach, v. Also: taiche, teich(e. P.p. also taucht. [ME and e.m.E. tache (a1310), tatche (1575); aphetic f. Attache v.] tr. a. To apprehend, seize (a person or his goods) by legal authority. b. To fasten, attach. —a. c1475 Wall. vii 304.
Wicht, wallyt men, at towart him couth draw, With a maser, to tach [1570 teiche] him to the law
c1500 Barounis Lawis 4b.
Gif he schaw and preif him in his office doing be him to be deforsit that he suld haif tachit to the soyt of the followar
1533 Bell. Livy I 226/30.
Alsone as Volero was teichit in this maner be the seriand, he [etc.]
1609 Inverurie B. Ct. 14 April.
Giff the guidis can nocht be apprehendit to taiche the guidis the anneris thairof … to pey as als mekill for the guidis tachit as for the guidis takin be the said poyndlaris
1609 Inverurie B. Ct. ?10 June.
Incaice it sall hapin ony cair to be tachit within the intowne ye awner of the calf tachit to pey … ane boll meill to the anner of corne quhairin the calf is tachitt
b. 1513 Doug. i vi 31.
The cays of arrowis tachit [Sm. taucht] by hir syde

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