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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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Miller execs have also indicated they will maintain last year's price increases and will try to hold the line on price promotion.
They're now in a position to hold the line on prices, luring customers away from the Flynns of the world and driving them out of business.
NEW YORK-Four out of five creditworthy consumers in the United States, eyeing a rise in their fixed expenses of 13 percent, are likely to hold the line or even retrench on their discretionary spending during the year.
The Decoy Walker is held in place by a single stake, and an additional stale is provided to hold the line close to the ground if necessary.
Dailly will be asked to hold the line against Spurs but insists he will be glad to take on the extra responsibility - if his voice holds.
"I believe we have to hold the line and not use ideology alone in making decisions about cabinet appointments," Feingold says.
By the end of his first year as president, Eisenhower and his national security team had framed what came to be known as the "New Look"--a national security strategy that relied on deterrence rather than conventional forces to hold the line against international communism while maintaining a thriving economy.
(And, having pretended to join the Republican Revolution to hold the line on Medicare in the parallel-universe production Dependence Day, what can our reelected Bill Clinton possibly do by way of an encore?)
The expected reversal of some of the recent run-up in energy prices would contribute to that result, but policymakers' forecasts also reflect their determination to hold the line on inflation.
Darman addressed the extent to which President-elect Bush would hold the line on taxes.
In Swanbridge, the policy is to "hold the line" for the next 20 years - meaning defences will be maintained or upgraded because of the increased risK of coastal erosion to El Alamein: 9.00 MONROE and localised flooding.