lay by the heels
- (dated) To fetter, to shackle; to imprison.
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- 1668 November 2, Samuel Pepys; Mynors Bright, transcriber, “October 23rd, 1668 [Julian calendar]”, in Henry B[enjamin] Wheatley, editor, The Diary of Samuel Pepys […], volume VIII, London: George Bell & Sons […]; Cambridge: Deighton Bell & Co., published 1896, OCLC 1016700617, page 129:
- [M]y Lord Chief Justice Keeling hath laid the constable by the heels to answer it next Sessions: which is a horrid shame.