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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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Hull held off Warrington's second half revival attempts with an awesome defensive display and then struck twice in the final 12 minutes with tries from Peter Lupton and Jamie Thackray.
Byrne roared back though to retake first and held off his opponent.
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Organisers of a family fun day at Linden Hall near Morpeth were also pleased the rain held off.
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IT'S THERE: Stoke's Mamady Sidibe, right, celebrates scoring with Leon Cort, as they held off a pulsating Southampton fightback for a crucial 3-2 victory at the Britannia Stadium
Farfus headed the field in race two at his hometown track as Priaulx held off the late challenge of Muller.
The luggage was found, the rain held off, and the Saturday matinee performance of work by VCU students and alumni (including 2006 graduates Leigh Brinson and Donna Vaughn, and alumni Christina Briggs, Patti Gilstrap, Jason Akira Somma, and Samantha Speis) was a hit.
Cuban exiles in Miami were initially in a celebratory mood, but wisely held off major public rejoicing until more could be known.
The onset of Parkinson's was delayed by an average of 2.7 years per child born, and each year of fertility beyond the group's average age of menopause held off the disease by half a year.
The all-girl band held off a revival by Madonna, whose former number one Hung Up moved back up from three to two, while another all-girl outfit, Sugababes, came in at number three with Ugly.