A Dictionary of the English Language
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Backfriend

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Ba'ckfriend. n.s. [back and friend.] A friend backwards; that is, an enemy in secret.

Set the restless importunities of talebearers and backfriends against fair words and professions. L'Estrange.

Far is our church from encroaching upon the civil power; as some who are backfriends to both, would maliciously insinuate. South.

Sources: L'Estrange, Roger (131) · South, Robert (158)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Backfriend." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 4, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=13483.


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