return of writ

return of writ. The sheriff’s bringing back a writ to the court that issued it, with a short written account (usu. on the back) of the manner in which the writ was executed. — Often shortened to return. See RETURN(1). [Cases: Execution 334; Sheriffs and Constables 87. C.J.S. Executions §§ 324–325; Sheriffs and Constables §§ 80–88.]
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