- Informal. a person or group that is friendly toward another because the relationship brings benefits, but harbors feelings of resentment or rivalry: Clearly, turning the competition into frenemies is good for your business.
Origin of frenemy
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Examples from the Web for frenemy
Without its Korean frenemy, the company will have to switch to a new megasupplier.Here’s Why Apple and Samsung Are Breaking Up
December 31, 2012
"From far away, she's OK," as Clueless' Cher (Alicia Silverstone) famously explains of her frenemy, Amber.The Real Jersey Dictionary, Vol. 3
March 24, 2011
I don't really count going to 1Oak as being a socialite," sniffs a woman who refers to Snowdon-Jones as her "frenemy.Socialite, Reality Star—or Thief?
February 24, 2010
Gwyneth had a frenemy once and was troubled at the joy she felt when this person suffered a terrible public humiliation.My Life As Gwyneth
September 10, 2009
The compulsively aggressive Australian is a great businessman, writes press baron and Rupert frenemy Conrad Black.Murdoch's Italian Offensive
June 10, 2009