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But he's now the client, the creature of Cardinal Sanguinetti.

I have known a man use his pretty daughter to gain a client.

Arthur Lovell went back to his client, and told him what the girl said.

The matter of business between you and myself, or rather my client, is this.

If you can find them, I think it very likely that my client might make you a similar offer.

Pasqualino had turned quite round on his box, and was facing his client.

At all events, he had seen Boutan, who was a client that needed attention.

There is something sublime in your abnegation if, indeed, you have had no other client this week.

Will you come with the sheriff when he interviews—er—our client?

You know how I feel about a lawyer's duty to his client and his duty to himself.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Anglo-French clyent (c.1300), from Latin clientem (nominative cliens) "follower, retainer," perhaps a variant of present participle of cluere "listen, follow, obey" (see listen); or, more likely, from clinare "to incline, bend," from suffixed form of PIE root *klei- "to lean" (see lean (v.)).

The ground sense apparently is of one who leans on another for protection. In ancient Rome, a plebian under protection of a patrician (called patronus in this relationship; see patron); in English originally "a lawyer's customer," by c.1600 extended to any customer.

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