- a fixed or removable device worn in the mouth to hold the teeth in their new position during the adaptive period after straightening appliances have been removed.
- Prosthodontics. a part on a bridge or the like by which the bridge is attached to the natural teeth.
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For freelancers on retainer, managing clients’ expectations while also staying within the bounds of the agreed upon job can be a delicate balance.‘It can easily spin out of control’: Confessions of a freelance creative on the rise of scope creep|Kristina Monllos|June 10, 2021|Digiday
Asked by an agent whether he had legal representation, Hopkins said Project Veritas had a lawyer on retainer “in case there’s anything that happens.”Postal Service finds no evidence of mail ballot fraud in Pa. case cited by top Republicans|Jacob Bogage, Shawn Boburg|March 17, 2021|Washington Post
“Well,” he said, “in a joking way, I have to say that either the president should have had the judgment never to get involved with someone like that — or else he should have kept me on permanent retainer.”Jack Palladino, aggressive sleuth who worked for Bill Clinton campaign, dies at 76|Harrison Smith|February 2, 2021|Washington Post
The lawyer wound up pleading guilty for Howie after she realized that the legal retainer was more than the cost of the ticket.Those Ticketed for Seditious Language Say Their Only Crime Was Talking Back|Kate Nucci|September 9, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Like any high-powered attorney who charges $100,000 for a retainer, Bolt always seems to be one step ahead of the competition.Gone Girl’s Biggest Twist Is the Superb Tyler Perry|Alex Suskind|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One of the perks offered by the challenge is help from a list of professionals the foundation will keep on retainer.Rockefeller Foundation Announces $100 Million Project to Make Cities More Resilient|Miranda Green|May 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
McKesson pays its directors an annual cash retainer of $75,000.He’s One of the Nation’s Highest-Paid CEOs—and You’ve Never Heard of Him|Gary Rivlin|January 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Is it worth it for these companies to keep stars and their keepers on retainer?
"Very well," said the other, handing him a check for twenty-five dollars as a retainer, and straightway left the office.
It was very annoying—more than ever—to the Elder when he was required to put up twenty-five dollars in cash as a retainer.
He said with a touch of mock irony: "The sailor shall play his part—the obedient retainer of the house of Devlin."Mrs. Falchion, Complete|Gilbert Parker
His retainer fees are large; his work is exact; he is a man looked up to by those in the profession following a general practice.Opportunities in Engineering|Charles M. Horton
It was the custom for each retainer to fit out his men according to his own taste, and at his own expense.