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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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State Department's Chief Diversity Officer John Robinson in his column in the 'State Magazine', explains that 'hold the fort' derives from defending homesteads and seeking refuge from raging Native Americans in the 19th century, while offering advice on how Americans can watch what they say.
It is up to them to hold the fort, to remind the whole country that America used to believe in academic freedom, to serve as beacons showing the way to a better and saner future.
It will hold the fort against the threats that come your way.
Alex Ferguson - absent due to a family bereavement - had left his acting No.2 Jim Ryan to hold the fort and he had a nightmare.
Lawyer Duku reveals Assistant Coach, Akakpo Patron, has been made to hold the fort until a new head coach is appointed, insisting that the players have assured management of their full support.
The 33-year-old will provide the veteran presence for the hungry upstarts, as he will be tasked to hold the fort in the paint while also infusing the much-needed outside sniping.