drift of the forest



drift of the forest (plural drifts of the forest)

  1. (Britain, law, obsolete) An examination or view of the cattle in a forest, in order to see whose they are and whether they are commonable, and to determine whether or not the forest is surcharged.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for drift of the forest in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)