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in (one's) possession

Owned, held by, or under the custody of someone. With her father's inheritance in her possession, Samantha intends to start her own business. The detective wanted to know how long the victim's diary had been in the suspect's possession.
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possession is nine-tenths of the law

Having the actual ownership or custody of something is legally stronger than simply claiming it belongs to you. She's arguing that the antique stopwatch rightfully belongs to her, but possession is nine-tenths of the law.
See also: law, of, possession

take possession (of something)

To gain or assume ownership or custody of something. She took possession of the house following the court's ruling that she was the legal inheritor of the estate. The bank took possession of my car after I was unable to keep up my monthly repayments.
See also: possession, take

*in someone's possession

held by someone; owned by someone. (*Typically: be ~; come [into] ~.) The book is now in my possession. How long has this object been in your possession?
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Possession is nine-tenths of the law.

Prov. If you actually possess something, you have a stronger legal claim to owning it than someone who merely says it belongs to him or her. Dana may say he owns this house, but we actually live in it, and possession is nine-tenths of the law.
See also: law, of, possession

take possession (of something)

to assume ownership of something. I am to take possession of the house as soon as we sign the papers.
See also: possession, take

possession is nine points of the law

Actually holding something is better than merely claiming it. For example, When Karen told John he must return the sofa he'd borrowed, he said possession is nine points of the law . This term originally alluded to nine elements that would aid someone's lawsuit, among them a good lawyer, good witnesses, a good jury, a good judge, and good luck. In time, however, the term was used more for squatter's rights. [Late 1500s]
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possession is nine points/tenths/parts of the ˈlaw

(saying) if you already have or control something, it is difficult for somebody else to take it away from you, even if they have the legal right to it
See also: law, nine, of, part, point, possession, tenth

take posˈsession (of something)

(formal) become the owner of something: He couldn’t pay his taxes, so the government took possession of his property.
See also: possession, take

possession is nine-tenths of the law

Custody presumes ownership. The basis of this legal maxim that comes down from the 17th-century is the commonsense observation that if you have control of something, chances are better than average that it's yours. Lawyers term it a rebuttable presumption: ownership is recognized unless disproved by someone holding a more valid claim. The phrase started life as “possession is nine points of the law,” which referred to possession's satisfying nine out of eleven factors that constituted absolute ownership. However, “nine-tenths” entered popular usage to reflect the idea that custody is 90 percent of legal ownership.
See also: law, of, possession
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Uefa's stats say that teams who finished bottom of their group averaged 379 possessions per goal, but teams who finished top of their groups still averaged as many as 77.
Taxila police raided a hideout in the area and arrested a person Ijaz Ahmed, while recovering pistol from his possession.
SIALKOT -- Police on Monday claimed to have arrested seven accused and recovered illegal weapons, drugs and liquor from their possession.
Here we may suspect two reasons why pravesa does not much if at all crop up in the ethnographic record: real possessions are dramatic and concrete and do not trail off into hazy boundaries; and they do not imagine an unaffected "constructed identity.
But plenty of others arrive at the lost and found every day looking for their possessions.
Because California has no counterpart to section 936(h), an excluded 936 possessions corporation that used the federal profit split on its federal return has audit exposure for California state tax purposes under California's version of section 482 of the Internal Revenue Code.
and sells it in a possession or vice versa (Possession Production Sales), and when a taxpayer purchases inventory in a possession and sells it in the U.
Having to give up a lot of possessions can do that to people.
Previously a rare and rather marginal phenomenon, demonic possession became a new plague in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
If possession is lost before 10 possessions, play is stopped and the two offensive (passing) teams are "rewarded" for their lapse by having to do 20 push-ups or sit-ups.
Section 711 (2) of the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law provides that "when a tenant has died while his lease is in effect and you do not receive rent, and there has not been the appointment of a representative such as an administrator executor, and no representative or person has taken possession of the premises, a non-payment proceeding can be started after three months from the date of death of the tenant by suing a surviving spouse, if there is one, or, if not, then one of the surviving issue or any of the distributees of the dead tenant.
In addition to paying for damage to the dwelling, homeowners policies cover other structures on the premises, such as a garage or tool shed, as well as damage to your furniture, clothes, appliances and other personal possessions up to the limits of your policy.
It follows that the team who have most attempts must have fewer possessions that end without an attempt.
After the Clippers' James Singleton made a 3-point shot with 1:28 to play to pull the Clippers to 73-72, both teams missed on their next possessions.
2% (29) of her possessions produced four or more passes in her attacking half to the U.