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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A close companion or comrade.

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  • n. An assistant to another person, especially to one's superior or more important person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities


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