Like any high-powered attorney who charges $100,000 for a retainer, Bolt always seems to be one step ahead of the competition.
One of the perks offered by the challenge is help from a list of professionals the foundation will keep on retainer.
Is it worth it for these companies to keep stars and their keepers on retainer?
But, Aunt Daphne, doesn't he act just exactly as though he had been a retainer in our honored family for generations?
I must give Wilde a retainer to defend us in our libel actions.
I am only too happy to become the retainer of such a distinguished and spirited young knight.
When he goes to other parts of the country on a retainer he takes them in the carriage with him.
M'Nulty is the cheapest of the 'silk gowns,' and he won't come under fifty, and a retainer of ten more.
The half-pay was meant to be a retainer as well as a reward.
I believe that would be just about where the retainer wall is.
"fee to secure services," mid-15c., originally "act of keeping for oneself" from retain, or perhaps from or influenced by Middle French retenir, infinitive used as a noun. Meaning "fee paid to an attorney to secure his services" is from 1818.
"servant," 1530s, agent noun from retain (v.). Also "one who retains or holds" (1540s). Meaning "dental structure used to hold a bridge in place" is recorded from 1887.
retainer re·tain·er (rĭ-tā'nər)
One that retains, as a device, frame, or groove that restrains or guides, especially for a prosthesis.
An appliance used to hold teeth in position after orthodontic treatment.