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Saturday, April 08, 2017

Definitions for frenemy

  1. 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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Citations for frenemy
By 20 he's a lieutenant colonel, friend to the Marquis de Lafayette, frenemy to Aaron Burr, and George Washington's right-hand man in the fight against the British. Jeff MacGregor, "Meet Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Genius Behind 'Hamilton,' Broadway's Newest Hit," Smithsonian Magazine, November 12, 2015
And, of course, there never was a "group," just an odd dozen passionately independent "frenemies" ... Thomas B. Hess, "Water Babes," New York, October 27, 1975
Origin of frenemy
Frenemy is a portmanteau of friend and enemy. It entered English in the mid-1900s.