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false friend

a word or expression in one language that, because it resembles one in another language, is often wrongly taken to have the same meaning, for example, the French agenda which means diary, not agenda
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  • She had intended to sit anywhere but next the Professor, whom she regarded as a false friend.

  • Meanwhile where were they, the false friend and the fascinated husband?

    Cruel As The Grave Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • I hate a traitor, and if Nevill has been playing the part of a false friend, I'll block his little game.

    In Friendship's Guise Wm. Murray Graydon
  • Bunyan rather looked on him as a false friend trying to entangle him.

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • The other attacked it as an open foe; she betrays it as a false friend.

  • But I determined to seek my false friend, and to force him to make reparation.

    Grif B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • The man is my deadly enemy, and, as you know now at last, but a false friend to you!

    A German Pompadour Marie Hay
  • This narrative I began when you brought this false friend into our dwelling.

    Confession W. Gilmore Simms
  • He knew nothing of that beautiful love which can be true to a false friend.

    Barchester Towers Anthony Trollope
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