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(pronounced ‘pinding’) a now obsolete form of diligence or legal enforcement in Scots law. See ATTACHMENT.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

POINDING, Scotch. law. That diligence, affecting movable subjects, by which their property is carried directly to, the creditor. Poinding is real or personal. Ersk. Pr. L. Scot. 3, 6, 11.

POINDING, PERSONAL, Scotch law. Poinding of the goods belonging to the debtor; and of those goods only.
     2. It may have for its warrant either letters of horning, containing a clause for poinding, and then it is executed by messengers; or precepts of poinding, granted by sheriffs, commissaries, &c., which are executed by their proper officers. No cattle pertaining to the plough, nor instruments of tillage, can be poinded in the time of laboring or tilling the ground, unless where the debtor, has no other goods that may be poinded. Ersk. Pr. L. Soot. 3, 6, 11. See Distress, to which this process is somewhat similar.

POINDING, REAL, or poinding of the ground, Scotch law. Though it be properly a diligence, this is generally considered by lawyers as a species of real action, and is so called to distinguish it from personal poinding, which is founded merely on an obligation to pay.
     2. Every debitum fundi, whether legal or conventional, is a foundation for this action. It is therefore competent to all creditors in debts which make a real burden on lands. As it proceeds on a, real right, it may be directed against all goods that can be found on the lands burdened but, 1. Goods brought upon the ground by strangers are not subject to this diligence. 2. Even the goods of a tenant cannot be poinded for more than his term's rent, Ersk. Pr. L. Scot. 4, 1, 3.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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But then the federation bought a Transit van with seats and I used that all the time to take people to poindings and warrant sales.
This is because it removes the separate stage of poinding from the system, in favour of an all-in-one attachment and removal of goods procedure.
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The Rab C Nesbitt actor went berserk after officers went to his house to carry out a warrant sale poinding last March.
The system of member's bills led to the outlawing of cruel poindings and warrant sales; and this was done with the support of Labour MSPs who held a majority.
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It was difficult for me to take but she was determined to resist poindings and warrant sales, whatever it meant.