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 for Prize court
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prize \Prize\ (pr[imac]z), n. [F. prise a seizing, hold, grasp,
     fr. pris, p. p. of prendre to take, L. prendere, prehendere;
     in some senses, as 2
     (b), either from, or influenced by, F. prix price. See
         Prison, Prehensile, and cf. Pry, and also Price.]
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     1. That which is taken from another; something captured; a
        thing seized by force, stratagem, or superior power.
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              I will depart my pris, or my prey, by deliberation.
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              His own prize,
              Whom formerly he had in battle won.   --Spenser.
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     2. Hence, specifically;
        (a) (Law) Anything captured by a belligerent using the
            rights of war; esp., property captured at sea in
            virtue of the rights of war, as a vessel. --Kent.
            --Brande & C.
        (b) An honor or reward striven for in a competitive
            contest; anything offered to be competed for, or as an
            inducement to, or reward of, effort.
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                  I'll never wrestle for prize more. --Shak.
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                  I fought and conquered, yet have lost the prize.
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        (c) That which may be won by chance, as in a lottery.
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     3. Anything worth striving for; a valuable possession held or
        in prospect.
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              I press toward the mark for the prize of the high
              calling of God in Christ Jesus.       --Phil. iii.
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     4. A contest for a reward; competition. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     5. A lever; a pry; also, the hold of a lever. [Written also
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     Prize court, a court having jurisdiction of all captures
        made in war on the high seas. --Bouvier.
     Prize fight, an exhibition contest, esp. one of pugilists,
        for a stake or wager.
     Prize fighter, one who fights publicly for a reward; --
        applied esp. to a professional boxer or pugilist. --Pope.
     Prize fighting, fighting, especially boxing, in public for
        a reward or wager.
     Prize master, an officer put in charge or command of a
        captured vessel.
     Prize medal, a medal given as a prize.
     Prize money, a dividend from the proceeds of a captured
        vessel, etc., paid to the captors.
     Prize ring, the ring or inclosure for a prize fight; the
        system and practice of prize fighting.
     To make prize of, to capture. --Hawthorne.
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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PRIZE COURT, Eng. law The name of court which has jurisdiction of all 
  captures made in war on the high seas. 
       2. In England this is a separate branch of the court of admiralty, the 
  other branch being called the instance court. (q.v.) 
       3. The district courts of the United States have jurisdiction both as 
  instance and prize courts, there being no distinction in this respect as in 
  England. 3 Dall. 6; vide 1 Gall. R. 563; Bro. Civ. & Adm. Law, ch. 6 & 7; 1 
  Kent, Com. 356; Mann. Comm. B. 3, c. 12. 

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