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  • noun Plural form of friend.
  • noun Participants in a two-way friendship relationship.


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  • One person\'s happiness triggers a chain reaction that benefits not only his friends, but his friends\ 'friends, and his friends\' friends\ 'friends.

    Happiness is a collective - not just individual - phenomenon 2008

  • I often think if mothers could be friends to their children, _real friends_, I mean, and not claim what no human being has

    The Shield of Silence George [Illustrator] Loughridge

  • “Kind friends, ” he said, “friends I have known so long, 1790

    Captain Craig: III. III. Captain Craig, Etc 1921

  • Adams’s interest in making friends was something desperate, but “the London season, ” Milnes used to say, “is a season for making acquaintances and losing friends”; there was no intimate life.

    Foes or Friends (1862) 1918

  • Antony and Lepidus, Cæsar’s most faithful friends, got off privately, and hid themselves in some friends’ houses.

    Cæsar Plutarch 1909

  • Not for because they set less store by their own citizens, than by their friends; but that they take the loss of their friends’ money more heavily than the loss of their own.

    The Second Book. Of Warfare 1909

  • Above all, make friends; that's it, _make friends_ -- everybody, everywhere.

    The Gray Dawn Stewart Edward White 1909

  • "_A good plot, good friends, and full of expectation: an excellent plot, very good friends_."

    The Desire of the Moth; and the Come On Eugene Manlove Rhodes 1901

  • This son of Sirach even says -- I saw it but just now: 'Take heed of thy friends;' not, observe, thy seeming friends, thy hypocritical friends, thy false friends, but thy _friends_, thy real friends -- that is to say, not the truest friend in the world is to be implicitly trusted.

    The Confidence-Man Herman Melville 1855

  • Falconer's friends, of which, at this time, he could not fail to have many, poured in with congratulations on the rapid advancement of his sons, and on all sides exclamations were heard in favour of _friends in power_.

    Tales and Novels — Volume 07 Maria Edgeworth 1808

  • Durran found several patterns for woollen sontags, also known as “bosom friends,” in publications like Godey’s Lady’s Book, a popular fashion guide out of Philadelphia that Alcott and her sisters might have read for inspiration.

    How Jacqueline Durran, the “Little Women” Costume Designer, Remixes Styles and Eras Condé Nast 2020


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