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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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on ˈsufferance

if you do something on sufferance, somebody allows you to do it although they do not really want you to: He’s only staying here on sufferance.
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We are--in my view luckily--far from such a point yet, but the time could come when the one-act ballet is almost as rare a bird in the repertory aviary as the one-act play or the one-act opera: still certainly existing but somewhat on sufferance and something of a curiosity.