Redding-straik

(A). A blow received by a peacemaker, who interferes between two combatants to red or separate them; proverbially, the severest blow a man can receive.

“Said I not to ye, `Make not, meddle not;' beware of the redding-straik?” —Sir W. Scott: Guy Mannering, chap. xxvii.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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