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TO HOLD. These words are now used in a deed to express by what tenure the grantee is to have the land. The clause which commences with these words is called the tenendum. Vide Habendum; Tenendum.
     2. To hold, also means to decide, to adjudge, to decree; as, the court in that case held that the husband was not liable for the contract of the wife, made without his express or implied authority.
     3. It also signifies to bind under a contract, as the obligor is held and firmly bound. In the constitution of the United States, it is provided, that no person held to service or labor in one state under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labor, but shall be delivered up on the claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due. Art. 4, sec. 3, Sec. 3; 2 Serg. & R. 306; 3 Id. 4; 5 Id. 52; 1 Wash. C. C. R. 500; 2 Pick. 11; 16 Pet. 539, 674.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Nothing has come of the proposed court case, and, in the interim, Alexander Bogatiriev has been holding the fort.
Seasoned spiker Rachel Anne Daquis displayed vintage performance as she delivered 20 points, 17 digs and 13 excellent receptions while holding the fort for Cignal in the crucial stretch of the fifth.
While Harry (Jeremy Piven, right) is living it up in Biarritz, Gordon is holding the fort and feeling left out.
His nan - the fantastic Julia McKenzie - is left holding the fort with a wayward teenage granddaughter.
NICK Clegg yesterday risked opening a rift in the coalition government on his first day of "holding the fort" while the Prime Minister is on holiday.
Volz may be charged with holding the fort in a match which could be decided by the odd goal but Brown could be given licence to get forward.
What was already a challenging target for the visitors was made considerably more daunting by the failure of their two key batsmen to get among the runs and they closed the opening session on 54 for two, with Mike Hussey (19) and Damien Martyn (13) holding the fort.