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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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She believes that the way the Duke and Duchess of Sussex hold hands speaks more of their feeling of closeness and passionate love and less of transmitting subtle signals to one another.
"However extraordinary and exciting I might like to present myself, in the end I'd just like to sit down and watch telly with someone and hold hands."
What does it mean to hold hands and pray the prayer that Jesus taught us?
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Say you don't need to hold hands all the time to know how you feel about him.
If I'm at Mass with my family, it's okay to hold hands because everyone is comfortable.
They don't hold hands frequently, but when they do the world notice it immediately.
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"We welcome you regardless of what gender you are or what gender you want to hold hands with."
"I love that they hold hands. Nice to see in this mad world," one fan tweeted.
The married princess said later: "I hold hands with all my friends.
"No we love each other as friends and thought it would be funny to hold hands," he insists.