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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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Canon Frayling holds fast to his belief that reconciliation cannot come about without repentance, and that Britain must lead the way with unequivocal apology for the evils suffered by Ireland's divided communities--both Nationalists and Loyalists--as a result of British policy down the centuries.
If so, Heart of Darkness also echoes earlier Modernist quests for the "primitive," and it is telling that, despite his concession that certain Modernist tenets have lost their force, Scully holds fast to the contentions that his art "is dealing with the fundaments," that its horizontals and verticals are "eternal,"[8] and that "abstraction is about a yearning for universality," qualities that place him in the dwindling Modernist line.
She catches feedback for her "extremism," but holds fast to her conviction that every dollar adds up.