Cite

Brewer's: Friend

(A). The second in a duel, as ?Name your friend,? ?Captain B. acted as his friend.?

?Mr. Baillie was to have acted as Disraeli's friend, if there had been a duel between that statesman and Daniel O'Connell.? ?Newspaper paragraph (December, 1885).

Better kinde frend than fremd kinde
(motto of the Waterton family) means ?better kind friend (i.e. neighbour) than a kinsman who dwells in foreign parts.? Probably it is Prov. xxvii. 10, ?Better is a neighbour that is near, than a brother far off.? In which case fremd would be = stranger. Better a kind friend than a kinsman who is a stranger.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Related Content