American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A longtime close friend or companion.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A feeble and withered old woman; a crone.
- n. An old familiar friend; an intimate companion; an associate.
- n. informal Close friend.
- n. informal Trusted companion or partner in a criminal organization.
- n. obsolete An old woman; a crone.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A crone.
- n. colloq., colloq. An intimate companion; a familiar friend.
- n. a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
- Coined between 1655 and 1665 from Ancient Greek χρόνιος (khrónios, "perennial, long-lasting") (English chrono- ("time"), initially as Cambridge University slang, in sense of “chum”, as “friend of long standing”, with illegal connotation later. (Wiktionary)
- Possibly from Greek khronios, long lasting, from khronos, time. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The phrase "crony capitalism" is one Palin used in a speech in Iowa last weekend and repeated last night. notes on its website that less than one percent of recipients reported "adverse events" after receiving the vaccine.”
“That's why the term crony capitalism is increasingly used.”
“In the wide-ranging interview, Bachmann also slammed the Obama White House for what she calls "crony capitalism," arguing that people politically connected to the president benefit the most from his policies.”
“It is time for David Cameron to be true to that speech he made 20 months ago and make good on his promises to clean up what he called "crony capitalism".”
“* A major reform of executive pay that would rein in what he called "crony capitalism", where underperforming executives were seen to "fill their boots".”
“• A major reform of executive pay that would rein in what he called "crony capitalism", where underperforming executives were seen to "fill their boots".”
“But after Monday's debate, Palin called out Perry for what she characterized as the "crony capitalism" driving his executive order mandating HPV vaccinations for Texas schoolgirls.”
“In a morning speech from Rock Hill, S.C., Wednesday, Mr. Gingrich did not repeat his attack on Mr. Romney's record at Bain, but he refused to apologize for condemning what he called "crony capitalism" in his campaign.”
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