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GRAND. An epithet frequently used to denote that the thing. to which it is joined is of more importance and dignity, than other things of the same name; as, grand assize, a writ in a real action to determine the right of property in land; grand cape, a writ used in England, on a plea of land, when the tenant makes default in appearance at the day given for the king to take the land into his hands; grand days, among the English lawyers, are those days in term which are solemnly kept in the inns of court and chancery, namely, Candlemas day, in Hilary term; Ascension day, in Easter term; and All Saint's day, in Michaelmas term; which days are dies non juridici. Grand distress is the name of a writ so called because of its extent, namely, to all. the goods and chattels of the party distrained within the county; this writ is believed to be peculiar to England. Grand Jury. (q. v.) Grand serjeantry, the name of an ancient English military tenure.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"If you keep the Grand Gallipoot waiting, he'll break your back," declared the messenger.
So Guph was led away to the royal castle, where the Grand Gallipoot told him that the Growleywogs had decided to assist the Nomes in conquering the Land of Oz.
He did not even complain of the treatment he had received, but thanked the Grand Gallipoot and hurried away upon his journey.
No naked slave, ushered into the presence of some mighty prince, could approach his judgment-seat with more profound reverence and terror than that with which the Jew drew near to the presence of the Grand Master.
``Damian,'' said the Grand Master, ``retire, and have a guard ready to await our sudden call; and suffer no one to enter the garden until we shall leave it.'' The squire bowed and retreated.
The Jew was about to reply, but the Grand Master went on.
``Back, dog!'' said the Grand Master; ``I touch not misbelievers, save with the sword.
``Is it not written in the forty-second capital, De Lectione Literarum, that a Templar shall not receive a letter, no not from his father, without communicating the same to the Grand Master, and reading it in his presence?''
``Read it aloud, Conrade,'' said the Grand Master, ``and do thou'' (to Isaac) ``attend to the purport of it, for we will question thee concerning it.''
``What sayest thou to this, Conrade?'' said the Grand Master ``Den of thieves!
A goodly number of curious, good people had been shivering since daybreak before the grand staircase of the palace; some even affirmed that they had passed the night across the threshold of the great door, in order to make sure that they should be the first to pass in.
Another showed to him his bloody hands; for this fellow had ripped open Cornelius and disembowelled him, and was now hastening to the spot in order not to lose the opportunity of serving the Grand Pensionary in the same manner, whilst they were dragging the dead body of Cornelius to the gibbet.