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 for Inns of chancery
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Inn \Inn\ ([i^]n), n. [AS. in, inn, house, chamber, inn, from
     AS. in in; akin to Icel. inni house. See In.]
     1. A place of shelter; hence, dwelling; habitation;
        residence; abode. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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              Therefore with me ye may take up your inn
              For this same night.                  --Spenser.
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     2. A house for the lodging and entertainment of travelers or
        wayfarers; a tavern; a public house; a hotel.
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     Note: As distinguished from a private boarding house, an inn
           is a house for the entertainment of all travelers of
           good conduct and means of payment, as guests for a
           brief period, not as lodgers or boarders by contract.
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                 The miserable fare and miserable lodgment of a
                 provincial inn.                    --W. Irving.
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     3. The town residence of a nobleman or distinguished person;
        as, Leicester Inn. [Eng.]
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     4. One of the colleges (societies or buildings) in London,
        for students of the law barristers; as, the Inns of Court;
        the Inns of Chancery; Serjeants' Inns.
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     Inns of chancery (Eng.), colleges in which young students
        formerly began their law studies, now occupied chiefly bp
        attorn`ys, solocitors, etc.
     Inns of court (Eng.), the four societies of "students and
        practicers of the law of England" which in London exercise
        the exclusive right of admitting persons to practice at
        the bar; also, the buildings in which the law students and
        barristers have their chambers. They are the Inner Temple,
        the Middle Temple, Lincoln's Inn, and Gray's Inn.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chancery \Chan"cer*y\, n. [F. chancellerie, LL. cancellaria,
     from L. cancellarius. See Chancellor, and cf.
     1. In England, formerly, the highest court of judicature next
        to the Parliament, exercising jurisdiction at law, but
        chiefly in equity; but under the jurisdiction act of 1873
        it became the chancery division of the High Court of
        Justice, and now exercises jurisdiction only in equity.
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     2. In the Unites States, a court of equity; equity;
        proceeding in equity.
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     Note: A court of chancery, so far as it is a court of equity,
           in the English and American sense, may be generally, if
           not precisely, described as one having jurisdiction in
           cases of rights, recognized and protected by the
           municipal jurisprudence, where a plain, adequate, and
           complete remedy can not be had in the courts of common
           law. In some of the American States, jurisdiction at
           law and in equity centers in the same tribunal. The
           courts of the United States also have jurisdiction both
           at law and in equity, and in all such cases they
           exercise their jurisdiction, as courts of law, or as
           courts of equity, as the subject of adjudication may
           require. In others of the American States, the courts
           that administer equity are distinct tribunals, having
           their appropriate judicial officers, and it is to the
           latter that the appellation courts of chancery is
           usually applied; but, in American law, the terms equity
           and court of equity are more frequently employed than
           the corresponding terms chancery and court of chancery.
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     Inns of chancery. See under Inn.
     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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