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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

The business given to a commercial establishment by its customers; (politics) granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support.

Usage examples (39)
  • Get the confidence of the public and you will have no difficulty in getting their patronage
  • Even before noon there was a considerable patronage
  • Naming an African-American AG and giving a few women cabinet positions is not what I call a patronage plan.
  • I think patronage is wrong -- I agree with the maximalists here. for more
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