verb[no object] (usually as noun reiving) chiefly Scottish
- another term for reave. there was only temporary respite from reiving and feudingMore example sentences
- Yet, in the absence of the traditional ruling magnates to supervise border rule and defence, the region's precarious peace dissolved into feuds and reiving.
- Reiving was not confined to cross boundary targets.
- The problem fluctuated in intensity, despite the energetic efforts of the new regime to break the reiving clans.
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- These roadless hills have always been a refuge for rogues and reivers, a lawless area in times past where cattle-rustlers would hide their stolen beasts in secret clefts and hollows.
- In the 18th century this route was often used by cattle thieves, or reivers, as they hurried to escape government troops.
- As an aside, I visited Tullie House museum a while ago and the section about the Border reivers is quite fascinating.
Middle English: variant of reave; the usual spelling when referring to the historical practice of cattle-raiding on the Scottish Borders.
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