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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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Jarvis was unsure of the exact identity of the four-year-old's buyer, but said: "Holding Court's at our stables at the moment and will be shipped out in a couple of weeks.
William Hill prices: 2-1 Sakhee, 7-2 Aquarelliste, 9-2 Milan, 13-2 Golan, 7-1 Hightori, 10-1 Egyptband, 14-1 Anabaa Blue, Diamilina, Foreign Affairs (from 25s), 25-1 Holding Court (from 20s), 40-1 Idaho Quest, 50-1 Anzillero, Sagacity, 66-1 (from 50s) Little Rock, 100-1 Honorifique, 200-1 Chimes At Midnight, Saddlers Creek.
Trainer Michael Jarvis said: "Holding Court is pretty versatile.
Against Sinndar in the red corner is Holding Court, trained by Michael Jarvis whose talent remains, inexplicably, one of racing's longest-kept secrets.
I rode Pawn Broker in that race and Holding Court quickened twice when asked by Philip Robinson.
Both Holding Court and Sinndar are racing for a $1 million bonus on offer to the horse who can win either the English or French Derbies and then go on to be successful at the Curragh tomorrow.
"In many ways I regard the Irish Derby as a harder race to win as we are meeting the French Derby winner Holding Court. He is sure to put up a mighty performance.
The Aga Khan's colt is out to prove himself the top middle-distance three-year-old in Europe by beating Holding Court, winner of the French equivalent - the Prix du Jockey Club.
The race is on BBC2, but armchair viewers are unlikely to be cheering another "away" victory following Holding Court's success in last week's French Derby.
Turbo Jet, a Listed winner who was fifth to Holding Court in the Grand Prix de Deauville last month, carries French hopes, while Fruhtau and the Group-placed Tempelwachter are the German raiders.
MEANWHILE trainer Michael Jarvis has scrapped plans to take the wraps off Holding Court this weekend.
A wet summer may not suit everyone, but it is just what the doctor ordered for Newmarket trainer Michael Jarvis, who really got back into the big time when Holding Court ran away with the French Derby in June.