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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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The loan would be repaid by those beneficiaries not held harmless via "an additional $3" premium surcharge beginning in 2016 that would be imposed until the loan was paid back.
The contract also included a "broad 'hold harmless'" agreement, which stated that Dow "shall in no event be liable for, but shall be held harmless by [the United States] against, any damage to or destruction of property ...
It was also assumed that, to the extent a member incurred a liability, he incurred a genuine risk of loss and that there was no understanding or implied agreement that the member would be held harmless.
Retailers relying on the state-supplied data will be held harmless for errors.
Proponents of the amendment argued that the Highway Trust Fund would be "held harmless" and the loss of revenue would be repaid by Congress with funds from the budget surplus.
The managed care company should be at the same risk as the provider, hence you should not indemnify it and it should not expect to be "held harmless" when an activity is performed on its behalf.
In times past, cities were held harmless, and now they are responsible for such injuries.