Act in pais
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ACT IN PAIS. An act performed out of court, and not a matter of record. Pais, in law French, signifies country. A deed or an assurance transacted between two or more private persons in the country is matter in pais. 2 Bl. Com. 294.
A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.