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Retire an eccentric old family servant (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

retainer

Here is my best explanation:

'old family servant' is the definition.

(I've seen this before)

'retire an eccentric' is the subsidiary indication.

'eccentric' indicates anagramming the letters.

'retire'+'an'='retirean'

'retirean' is an anagram of 'retainer'.

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for retainer that I've seen before include "Fee; long-term servant", "Fee paid to book the services of someone", "Servant; fee", "Advance fee; servant", "Holding fee or faithful old servant", "A down payment or an old servant", "money to be paid in advance", "Family servant; barrister's fee", "Long-term servant" and "Fee paid for first option - old family servant".)

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