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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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And when you see Reginald Ray-Savage and his company, you see a style with one foot in Chicago but the other anchored in East Saint Louis, where Dunham held the line for so many years (see page 28).
"We have held the line on across-the-board-price increases since 1996 by effectively reducing operating expenses," said Paul Howes, vice president, general manager, packaging division.
The fear of more persecution and ridicule by fundamentalist Muslims was a major component of the resolution on homosexuality that held the line on traditional teaching about sexuality.