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lien

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Definition the legal right to take another's property if a debt is not paid
  • The IRS filed a tax lien on her home.
  • The roofing company filed on lien on the house until they were paid.
  • This says they can't execute the lien on you unless the bill remains unpaid by March 25th.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • lien = a legal right to take another's property if a debt is not paid
  • Do not struggle for profit, success or security at the price of a lien on your right to exist.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • After they split up, she tried to sue him for a lien against future earnings.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • 68:13 Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.
    The Bible  --  Psalms
  • Well, if it ain't, boy, you cain't git no lien from the store.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • A lien on ten dollars of that money they've got drawing dust under my name over in Funds.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • But I never heard of a lien being collected.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • 26:10 And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.
    The Bible  --  Genesis
  • But with the carrying out of the crop-lien system, the deterioration of the land, and the slavery of debt, the position of the metayers has sunk to a dead level of practically unrewarded toil.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • A largish sum was missing (not three figures but four, according to a lady with blue hair who worked in the telephone room) and they'd got it back, nearly all of it, and they'd stuck a lien on his pension.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • He paid me the compliment of saying that he was very glad I had the living though you had come across his tactics, and had praised me up as a lien and a Tillotson, and that sort of thing, till Mrs. Casaubon would hear of no one else.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Because the idea of that held such appeal, he reached for the phone to call her, v, lien he heard the sound behind him and turned.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • She checked the lien books and found dozens of claims for unpaid taxes, unpaid supplies, unpaid subcontractors.
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row
  • Hollering "lien" at someone who has missed on quarterly property-tax payment is pretty weird.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • If you pay it before they close the town offices this afternoon, no lien.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • The lien was little more than a formality.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • I just meant that a lien isn't much compared to what they could do if you got seriously in arrears.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • 'What's a lien?' she asked again.
    Stephen King  --  Misery

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