common-law lien

Definition of "common-law lien"
  1. A type of lien that gives the right to a lender, usually someone who is holding the property or valuable item as security, to keep possession of the property or item until the outstanding debt is settled
How to use "common-law lien" in a sentence
  1. He could not get his watch back from the repair shop because a common-law lien was placed due to his unpaid service charges.
  2. The mechanic used a common-law lien to retain the car until the repair costs were paid in full.
  3. Under the provisions of a common-law lien, the art storage company refused to return the painting to the owner until the storage fees were settled.

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