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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Better kind Friend, etc.
 
Better kind friend than friend kind. Friend is a corruption of fremd, meaning a stranger. Better [a] kind stranger than a kinsman who makes himself a stranger, or an estranged kinsman.   1
   Better off. In more easy circumstances.   2
 


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