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livery

an ancient method of conveying freehold land.

LIVERY, Engl. law. 1. The delivery of possession of lands to those tenants who hold of the king in capite, or knight's service. 2. Livery was also the name of a writ which lay for the heir of age, to obtain the possession of seisin of his lands at the king's hands. F. N. B. 155. 3. It signifies, in the third place, the clothes given by a nobleman or gentleman to his servant.

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The livery horse was justifiably reluctant to make that leap out and down the bank.
What had happened was that the livery horse, in its stiff- jointed, broken-kneed gallop, had stumbled, nearly fallen, and, in its sprawling recovery, had accidentally stepped on Jerry, bruising and breaking his fore-leg.
From the Speaker the warning leaked out to all the creatures in the House that wore the scarlet livery.
She had been buggy-riding before, but always behind one horse, jaded, and livery, in a top-buggy, heavy and dingy, such as livery stables rent because of sturdy unbreakableness.
I was received by a solemn man-servant out of livery, was informed that the family had retired for the night, and was then led into a large and lofty room where my supper was awaiting me, in a forlorn manner, at one extremity of a lonesome mahogany wilderness of dining-table.
You muthn't mind your thon having a comic livery on.
In a preposterous coat, like a beadle's, with cuffs and flaps exaggerated to an unspeakable extent; in an immense waistcoat, knee-breeches, buckled shoes, and a mad cocked hat; with nothing fitting him, and everything of coarse material, moth-eaten and full of holes; with seams in his black face, where fear and heat had started through the greasy composition daubed all over it; anything so grimly, detestably, ridiculously shameful as the whelp in his comic livery, Mr.
I don't mean that he thould go in the comic livery,' said Sleary.
Lest anybody should feel a curiosity to know how Kit was clad, it may be briefly remarked that he wore no livery, but was dressed in a coat of pepper-and-salt with waistcoat of canary colour, and nether garments of iron-grey; besides these glories, he shone in the lustre of a new pair of boots and an extremely stiff and shiny hat, which on being struck anywhere with the knuckles, sounded like a drum.
In the first place,The Beatles should be dressed not in the livery of 1967,but in the livery of the Federal Republic of the British Isles that I am proposing be estab - lished in Liverpool.
United Continental Holdings Inc (NYSE:UAL), the holding company for United Airlines and Continental Airlines, said yesterday that it is making progress in repainting the carriers' aircraft with the new United livery and more than 20% of the combined fleet has now been repainted.
Both firms had signed a Letter Of Intent with EVPC to offer complete turnkey, electric power conversion consulting and technical services to ECC's line of livery and fleet vehicles to include 'Specialty Buses' for the commuter, transit, and limousine and sightseeing transportation industries.