What is the difference between "striezen" and "triezen"? Duden shows a similar meaning for both.

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    Never heard "striezen", so it's very probably a regional word. Yes, the internet says it's from the northern parts of Germany.
    – mic
    Jul 8, 2020 at 12:13
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    Welcome to German.SE. Do you have any quote (and source) where it is used? Because it does sound that you found one or both somewhere and looked it up and got no clue about the difference. So context would help. Jul 8, 2020 at 14:26
  • @mic striezen has two meanings. Only one of them is colloquial in northern Germany (see DWB, but I think Duden says it, too)
    – mtwde
    Jul 8, 2020 at 20:25

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  • striezen
    This word doesn't exist in standard German. It is a colloquial word used only in northern parts of Germany. It means to irritate/plague/torture someone but also to steal something

  • triezen
    This word also is a colloquial word (so you won't find it in newspapers), but it is used in southern parts of the German sprachraum. (I live in Austria, and here this word is well known.) I have no idea if it is known in northern parts too. It only means to irritate/plague/torture someone. It has not the meaning of stealing.

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