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To raise; to take up.

To lift a promissory note (a written commitment to pay a sum of money on a certain date) is to terminate the obligation by paying its amount.

To lift the bar of the Statute of Limitations is to remove, by some sufficient act or Acknowledgment, the obstruction that it interposes. For example, some states will not permit an action to be instituted on a debt owed after ten years from the date of the debt. This is a ten-year statute of limitations. If the debtor acknowledges in writing that he or she owes the debt and will pay it on a certain date, this conduct lifts the bar of the statute of limitations so that the debtor can be sued on the debt for another ten years.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Common complaints I have heard from patients regarding lift systems is that they are not properly repositioned in their bed or wheelchair after being lifted. This is particularly critical to those who can't reposition themselves.
A: A recent report from the Physicians Health Study showed that men who lifted weights at least 30 minutes a week had a reduced risk of heart disease.
As a rehearsal, one of the empty cradles was lifted to the ship to ensure the final, heavier load would clear several vent shaft pipes lining the deck.
Lift left arm and right leg higher (toward the ceiling) and lower to original lifted height.
The original production of Lifted Out Wall took place in Mexico City.
All residents classified as extensive assistance (Class 3) shall be lifted and transferred between beds, chairs, toilets, and bathing and weighing facilities with the aid of a mechanical lift device.
The natural slight bend in the lead leg when it is lifted is fundamental to the lead-leg action (Photos 1-3).
It all depends on the type of vehicle being lifted and the type of service being done.
Your opposite hand and leg should be lifted simultaneously.
Pairs of men lifted 87.5% and pairs of women lifted 91.0% of the sum of their individually determined maximum box lifts.
When they qualified for the men's team, they lifted with the top boys in the country at the U.S.
This activity often occurs when items are lifted from conveyors or carts, and sometimes involves moving materials around obstructions, instead of simple lifting or carrying.