Middle English Dictionary Entry

fōr(e-stal n.(1)
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(a) The crime of waylaying or assaulting a traveler on the highway; an ambush; obstruction of a road by force; (b) jurisdiction over assaults or robberies committed on the roads within a specified territory; i.e., the right to try such offenses, to levy and collect the fines, etc.
The offense of intercepting provisions on their way to market and of buying them in order to re-sell at a higher price.