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friend at court

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noun
  1. a friend in a position of influence or power who may advance one's interests, especially a helpful person who is close to someone in authority.

Origin of friend at court

First recorded in 1645–55

friend of the court

noun Law.
  1. amicus curiae.

Origin of friend of the court

First recorded in 1940–45
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British Dictionary definitions for friend-court

friend at court

noun
  1. an influential acquaintance who can promote one's interests
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friend-court in Culture

friend of the court

An individual or group interested in influencing the outcome of a lawsuit but not an actual party to the suit. The statement presented to the court is an amicus curiae brief; amicus curiae is Latin for “friend of the court.”

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