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English definition of “general lien”

general lien

noun [C]     LAW
an official order that gives a person or organization the right to keep property that belongs to someone who owes them money until the debt is paid back, whether the property is related to the debt or not: a general lien against sb The carrier shall have a general lien against the owner of the goods for any monies due to the carrier .
(Definition of general lien noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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