(redirected from hold sway)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
Related to hold sway: hold off, pay heed, defer to, seizes

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
Chairman of Ryanair-Aer Lingus inquiry group Simon Polito said: "We need to ensure that Ryanair's ability to hold sway over Aer Lingus is removed."
In the B Division, Eston Labour just hold sway from North Ormesby Institute, who cut the gap to seven points thanks to their consistent billiards squad.
Despite two strong attacking teams, defences could hold sway at the Walkers Stadium and even the 0-0 draw could be considered at 8-1.
But, unless I missed it on the news, England has never been at war with Australia, we aren't split by bitter religious divides and we haven't been at each other's throats for years, armed to the teeth with nuclear warheads, over disputed territories along a common border where militias and guerrilla armies hold sway.
Elsewhere, favourites should hold sway, though Irish seed Jonathan Ross, who has had to put business before bowls this year, could be vulnerable to Springbok Craig Rimmington.
Here the question is, Once the imperatives of modernism (which had supplied, Belting argues, our understanding of art tout court) no longer hold sway, what structure of art remains?
Many offences go unnoticed and are never brought to light owing to the culprit's power to hold sway over the victim - but police are keen to use all methods available to them to hunt these people down.
Welcome to the solar corona, where vast, arching magnetic fields hold sway and bursts of radiation can occasionally exceed the temperature at the sun's very core.