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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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Building a movement for nature to see this vision realised is far more inspiring prospect than simply holding the line, but the defensive and the visionary work must go hand in hand.
The Real Estate Board of New York has been calling for a reduction in spending and holding the line on taxes.
Now that churches are finally holding the line on their numbers (after three decades of steady decline, according to numbers released last spring by Canadian sociologist Reginald Bibby) they need to be mindful of ministering to those already within their walls.
Rifleman Arthur Bryan wrote to his wife Louie and daughter Doris, five, while holding the line in France in 1914 and 1915.
Real estate companies are expected to tackle increasing pressure to meet budget expectations this year by freezing salary increases for those earning over $100,000, maintaining a three to four percent overall wage increase, holding the line on bonus awards, increasing the level of healthcare benefit costs to the employee, reducing staff levels, and/or deferring raises and bonuses until mid-2002.
defense planners, especially Bush administration officials for whom increasing defense spending rather than "holding the line" is an article of faith.