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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.

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Mathias was also part of a joint caretaker management team, withKevin Sheedy, that held the fort for 47 days following the resignation of John Aldridge in March 2001.
GREENBAY don't have much left of the line-up with which they started the season, but one original member who has held the fort for Mike Sherman's depleted troops is wide receiver Donald Driver, and his touchdown minutes are worth a buy for tonight's NFCNorth derby against Minnesota, writes Phil Agius.
Michael Canete held the fort for the Titans with 20 points and 11 rebounds.