at the pleasure of (someone)

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used to say that something is done or can be done because someone wants it to be doneI serve at the pleasure of the president, and I will continue to serve as long as the president wants me to.

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“At the pleasure of (someone).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/at%20the%20pleasure%20of%20%28someone%29. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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