sue one's livery Old form(s): Liucrie, Liuerie
institute a suit to obtain possession of land
1H4 IV.iii.62[Hotspur to Blunt, of King Henry] He came but to be Duke of Lancaster, / To sue his livery
R2 II.i.203[York to King Richard, of Bolingbroke] If you ... / Call in the letters patent that he hath / By his attorneys general to sue / His livery [i.e. to obtain Gaunt's lands]
R2 II.iii.128[Bolingbroke to York] I am denied to sue my livery here
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