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PIGNORIS CAPIO, ROM. civil law. The name given to one of the legis actiones of the Roman law. It consisted chiefly in the taking. of a pledge, and was in fact a mode of execution. It was confined to special cases determined by positive law or by custom, such as taxes, duties, rents, &c., and is comparable in some respects to distresses at common law. The proceeding took place in the presence of a praetor.

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"And then, sitting on the porch of her father's farmhouse back in Nebraska one moonlight evening, Sarah came out and put that gold chip into my hand.
(she must have packed that gold chip in my trunk), until they found out I was a man without a mind, and the railroad sent me back to Nebraska.
"Gold, I tell you, solid gold and that pure and soft that I chopped chips out of it.
It is the cat, the chips, and the milk pail that I don't like."
The gamblers took heart of life, and soon the tables were filled, the click of chips and whir of the roulette-ball rising monotonously and imperiously above the hoarse rumble of men's voices and their oaths and heavy laughs.
I fed it, shaving by shaving, and sliver by sliver, till at last it was snapping and crackling as it laid hold of the smaller chips and sticks.
He was about to withdraw when his eyes chanced to fall upon a half-developed figure which lay in a corner of the workshop, surrounded by scattered chips of oak.
Most persons, at their first entrance, felt impelled to remove their hats, and pay such reverence as was due to the richly-dressed and beautiful young lady who seemed to stand in a corner of the room, with oaken chips and shavings scattered at her feet.
They have been around for a long time and as a result, there are some pretty surprising facts about the fish and chip industry.
When we say chips, we almost always mean potato chips: thinly cut potato slices, fried to crispy perfection.
Summary: The Lebanese potato chips market is dominated by two main local producers.
Browse Chip Resistor Market Report spread through 150 Pages at http://www.rnrmarketresearch.com/2016-chip-resistor-industry-market-report-market-report.html.