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Gáiner. n.s. [from gain.] One who receives profit or advantage.

The client, besides retaining a good conscience, is always a gainer, and by no means can be at any loss, as seeing, if the composition be overhard, he may relieve himself by recourse to his oath. Bacon's off. of Alienation.

            If what I get in empire
I lose in fame, I think myself no gainer.
Denham's Sophy.

He that loses any thing, and gets wisdom by it, is a gainer by the loss. L'Estrange, Fable 59.

By extending a well regulated trade, we are as great gainers by the commodities of many other countries as those of our own nation. Addison's Freeholder.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Denham, John (75) · L'Estrange, Roger (131)

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