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frenemy

[ fren-uh-mee ]
/ ˈfrɛn ə mi /
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noun

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.

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Sometimes frien·e·my .

Origin of frenemy

First recorded in 1950-55; fr(iend) + enemy
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