distress

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distress

1. mental pain; anguish
2. physical or financial trouble
3. in distress (of a ship, aircraft, etc.) in dire need of help
4. Law
a. the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of or in satisfaction of a debt, claim, etc.; distraint
b. the property thus seized
c. US (as modifier): distress merchandise
References in classic literature ?
At that moment a little accident supervened, which seemed decreed by fate purposely to prove the truth of the adage, that "misfortunes never come singly," and to add to their distresses the vexing one of the slip between the cup and the lip.
That sounds ill-natured: but she was so proud it became really impossible to pity her distresses, till she should be chastened into more humility.
But I attach a very serious importance to what you say; and, kind as I know your motives to be, it distresses me to think you are doing Magdalen an injustice.
I had grown to be so accustomed to the Micawbers, and had been so intimate with them in their distresses, and was so utterly friendless without them, that the prospect of being thrown upon some new shift for a lodging, and going once more among unknown people, was like being that moment turned adrift into my present life, with such a knowledge of it ready made as experience had given me.