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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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"But if a Premier League side gets hold of him while he's still 15, then we could miss out."
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"He plays on the right-hand side, as he does for his club, and up front - he gets hold of the ball which is important.
A cold sore or an area of eczema is also a common place where the infection gets hold. It often clears up without treatment but since it's contagious and severe infection can develop, antibiotic treatment is recommended.
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In an interview with Heat magazine, Wogan said: "I just think BBC TV gets hold of an idea and beats it to death until we're all heartily sick of it.