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 Friday, an Unlucky Day.Friend at Court 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Friend (A).
The second in a duel, as “Name your friend,” “Captain B. acted as his friend.”   1
        “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.   2

 Friday, an Unlucky Day.Friend at Court 


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