On sufferance

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The butler remained on sufferance because of his grey hairs, but the footmen, who had been rather a feature of the Anselman establishment, had departed, and their places had been filled by half a dozen of the smartest of parlourmaids, one or two of whom were still in evidence.
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.