Driving for Rent
in Ireland, was a summary way of recovering rent by driving cattle to a pound, and keeping them till the rent was paid, or selling them by auction.
“It was determined that I and the bailiffs should go out in a body and `drive for rent.' ” —Trench: Realities of Irish Life, chap. v.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894