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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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I've been cheated on and I can tell you, it's the knowing they've held hands, chatted on the phone or gone for walks in the park that's the real killer.
For instance, Prince William and Middleton (http://www.ibtimes.com/kate-middleton-prince-william-hold-hands-way-christmas-service-2632970) held hands while walking towards the church to attend the Christmas service in Sandringham back in December.
AWW, BLESS It was so romantic as couple held hands. Or maybe they were trying to keep warm
Kate Middleton and Prince William recently held hands as they made their way to attend the traditional Christmas church service.
Macca, 66, revealed how he held hands with his old bandmate, who died of cancer in November 2001 at the age of 58.
He said: "We held hands. It's funny, even at the height of our friendship, as guys, you'd never hold hands.
Following their engagement, they also held hands during their first interview, as well as their first official appearance on Friday.