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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.

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Making movies in Greece these days is an odyssey, laments helmer Olga Malea, who was left holding the bag in June when the government pulled the plug on bloated pubcaster ERT.
Obama didn't mince words when he said, "For too long these companies were allowed to make big profits buying mortgages, knowing that if their bets went bad, taxpayers would be left holding the bag. It was 'heads we win, tails you lose.' And it was wrong."
''For too long these companies were allowed to make huge profits buying mortgages, knowing that if their bets went bad, taxpayers would be left holding the bag. It was 'heads we win, tails you lose,' and it was wrong,'' Obama said.
But in a flash crash, the stock rebounds so quickly that investors who sold low are left holding the bag, unable to buy back the stock without incurring a hefty loss.
Every time their father found something wrong, broken or missing, he'd ask his kids who did it, and they'd both say "Not me," and I was left holding the bag. The nickname stuck.
New York insurance regulators have the captives industry and private equity firms that own annuity companies under a microscope for their effect on financial solvency and stability and they fear policyholders may be left holding the bag.
When advisor clients' are left holding the bag, advisors will often get punished for not doing their due diligence.
government-sponsored fund that often takes over pension obligations of companies in bankruptcy), but the multi-employer pension funds (which would probably be those of press operators) will be left holding the bag.
Facilities staff are "left holding the bag" when their president signs the Presidents' Climate Commitment or students start an initiative, but dashboards can put them back in control.
"The perception is Wall Street jiggered this IPO so the underwriters made money, Facebook executives made money and the small investor got left holding the bag." Individual buyers' willingness to venture into stocks was undercut by difficulties in executing trades on the first day of trading on May 18, Facebook's subsequent decline and questions over whether the firm and underwriters selectively disclosed material, nonpublic information.
How many potential leaders are reluctant to take on the challenge either for fear of being left holding the bag or because of a concern that they lack the time and skill set needed to successfully and confidently keep a chapter alive and vital?
But the gorgeous Karl has dropped dead in a Vegas casino, after paupering the family and stealing $50,000 from a minor mobster, and Anastasia is left holding the bag -- er, old bag: Karl's Communist mother and her dog Manifesto (Anastasia calls him Mephisto, after his personality), who have been staying with the Pollacks since Lucille's own apartment went up in flames.