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Customer

An individual or organization that buys (or has the potential of buying) a good or service from a seller. A customer can be new or long standing and can tend toward large or small purchases, depending both on the customer and the type of business being patronized. Marketing and customer service are used to attract and retain customers.

customer

a BUYER of a good or service from a BUSINESS. See also INTERNAL CUSTOMER.
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There are a sort of customers that don't buy promiscuously; they do every thing by rule.
did not exactly understand his more sophisticated partner; but before he had time to ask an explanation, the appearance of another customer caused his face to brighten, and changed the current of his thoughts.
Now the meaning of "credit" is this--when a customer buys a bar of soap, instead of the customer pulling out a purse and paying for it--she says she will pay another time.
Any ordinary customer, indeed, would have turned his back and fled.
Pray do" said Holgrave, "and let me have the pleasure of being your first customer.
She did not care if a million customers came in, all at the same time.
Then the customer of comparatively tender years would get suddenly disconcerted at having to deal with a woman, and with rage in his heart would proffer a request for a bottle of marking ink, retail value sixpence (price in Verloc's shop one-and-sixpence), which, once outside, he would drop stealthily into the gutter.
And you'd find your father rather a tough customer in argeyment, Joe, if anybody was to try and tackle him,' said Parkes.
There was a door above and another below, both safely padlocked, making the stairs an admirable place to stow away a customer who might still chance to have money, or a political light whom it was not advisable to kick out of doors.
He uttered a deep sigh; and just as the cabman, taking heart of grace, was beginning at last to scale the wall, his defaulting customer fell again to running, and disappeared into the further fields.
She left them, and, since for a minute or two there was no one to attend to, sat down and looked at the evening paper which a customer had left behind him.
Noon never passed without my bringing home a customer to the house of my employers, Messrs.