To get (or to hold) In chancery

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To get (or to hold) In chancery (Boxing) to get the head of an antagonist under one's arm, so that one can pommel it with the other fist at will; hence, to have wholly in One's power. The allusion is to the condition of a person involved in the chancery court, where he was helpless, while the lawyers lived upon his estate.
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