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lien

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noun
  • ~ (on/upon sth): right to keep sb's property until a debt owed in connection with it (for repair, transport, etc) is paid [Barron]
  • a charge upon real or personal property for the satisfaction of some debt or duty ordinarily arising by operation of law [Taisha]
  • legal claim until a debt on it is repaid [Nandigam]

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