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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LIEN

Mr. Keepum had a lien on them; Mr. Keepum was a man of iron-heart.

His brother proved a lien on it for L300 and the rest went by will to his wife.

But there was—that of debtor and creditor—a lien not always conferring friendship.

With this object the lien on the common wealth is enlarged and reconstituted.

The sale of the property was threatened by those who held the lien on the church.

In this connection it is not possible to consider all of the ramifications of the lien law.

The landlord has no lien on the goods of the lodger for rent or charges.

A seaman does not lose his lien upon the ship by lapse of time.

Wages, Advances, &c.—The master has no lien upon the ship for his wages.

Not one person having the least lien upon his generosity was omitted from his will.

WORD ORIGIN

"right to hold property of another until debt is paid," 1530s, from Middle French lien "a band or tie," from Latin ligamen "bond," from ligare "to bind, tie" (see ligament).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR LIEN

claim

nounproperty, right demanded or reserved
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