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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 two companies have decided to hold off litigations against each other for two more days.
Little Rock was a winner in the mud at Sandown a year ago and staged an action replay to hold off Bomb Alaska and Diamond White in the Marriott Hotels Stakes for the Sir Michael Stoute, Kieren Fallon partnership.
Mike, the weak hook dropper: If he sees no threat to the weakside flat and that Wil is available to hold off #1, Mike can push to #3 and stack on him with depth, staying alert to the checkdown.
In the second game, Phoenix Pulse survived a tight endgame finish to hold off NorthPort, 98-96, for its sixth win in seven games.
was one of races To finish and hold off was so pleasing.'' Weightman"I class myself as a 1,500/3,000m runner but I knew had the endurance background to run 5.000m after doing well on the roads and the country and to finish strong and hold off Natosha was so pleasing.'' Weightman still has a few days remaining in the States and, if she has recovered from her 5,000m exertions could well line up over 1,500m in Saturday's Diamond League Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, a race in which she finished sixth last year in her secondfastest time ever of 4:03.04.
LEEVIEW LADY (Race 9) has the pace to hold off Yahoo Lisa.
Byrne was quick out the blocks to hold off Brookes into the opening lap, before the Australian took the lead.
Yet O'Sullivan's men had to hold off a comeback from the Teros in the last 20 minutes that gives them just a five-point advantage heading into next Saturday's second leg in Florida.
Ryan Moore was at his driving best to hold off Jamie Spencer's mount Cesare, trained by James Fanshawe.
Tim Easterby's triple Group One winner had to dig very deep in the closing stages to hold off Excusez Moi, but his class shone through and he lifted the prize by a short head.
The winding Lincolnshire track is far from conducive to 'door handle to door handle' racing but Comis' Minispares.com car was soon having to hold off strong challenges from the rear.