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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.
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customer

a BUYER of a good or service from a BUSINESS. See also INTERNAL CUSTOMER.
Collins Dictionary of Business, 3rd ed. © 2002, 2005 C Pass, B Lowes, A Pendleton, L Chadwick, D O’Reilly and M Afferson
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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.
The shop was crammed with customers, and there were crowds of mice upon the biscuit canisters.
This little bell,--to speak in plainer terms, --being fastened over the shop-door, was so contrived as to vibrate by means of a steel spring, and thus convey notice to the inner regions of the house when any customer should cross the threshold.
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.
Abbey the supreme threw the customer's halfpence into the till, and, seating herself in her fireside-chair, resumed the newspaper she had been reading.
"No, no; see, she has got a customer; there is old Wakem himself just coming up."
As he got up meekly, the other reflected that he had always been a steady man, and might soon be a good customer again.
The driver, on the other hand, was pleased to drop again upon so liberal a fare; and as he was a man - the reader must already have perceived - of easy, not to say familiar, manners, he dropped at once into a vein of friendly talk, commenting on the weather, on the sacred season, which struck him chiefly in the light of a day of liberal gratuities, on the chance which had reunited him to a pleasing customer, and on the fact that John had been (as he was pleased to call it) visibly 'on the randan' the night before.
It must be admitted that the latter case is rarely met with in practice," said the lawyer, and stealing a glance at Alexey Alexandrovitch he paused, as a man selling pistols, after enlarging on the advantages of each weapon, might await his customer's choice.
Noon never passed without my bringing home a customer to the house of my employers, Messrs.