on sufferance


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on sufferance

Barely tolerated; agreed to but unwillingly. For example, They rarely put a non-academic on the panel, so obviously I was there on sufferance. This expression uses sufferance in the sense of "toleration," a usage obsolete except in this idiom. [Mid-1500s]
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But I would not have my Esther's bright example lost; I would not have a jot of my dear girl's virtues unobserved and unhonoured; I would not have her admitted on sufferance into the line of Morgan ap-Kerrig, no, not for the weight in gold of all the mountains in Wales
This to the guest admitted on board on sufferance, and not one word of it addressed, even by chance, to the owner of the yacht!
Italy and London are the only places where I don't feel to exist on sufferance.
But why she, that girl who existed on sufferance, so to speak--why she should writhe inwardly with remorse because she had once thought of getting rid of a life which was nothing in every respect but a curse--that I could not understand.
You think you have found a lost woman to deal with, who lives here on sufferance, and who will do anything you ask for fear you may injure her in the opinions of the town's-people.
As the routine of public business must go on, a certain number of indispensable clerks are kept in their places, though they hold these places on sufferance, anxious as they are to retain them.
The Old Boys have jumped two points clear of deposed leaders Hartshill A but have played three games more than their rivals and look to be at the head of affairs on sufferance.
establishment is that outsiders like Jordan are essentially brought into town on sufferance, for tryouts.