retainer

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retainer
  • noun
    A thing that holds something in place. (a guitar string retainer)
    A fee paid in advance to someone, especially an attorney, in order to secure or keep their services when required. (he's on a retainer as a consultant)
    A servant or follower of a noble or wealthy person, especially one that has worked for a person or family for a long time. (faithful family retainers)

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