a friend in need is a friend indeed


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a friend in need is a friend indeed

A true friend offers help when one needs it most. After I got out of the hospital, Sally checked up on me every day. Her kindness has really shown me that a friend in need is a friend indeed.
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friend in need is a friend indeed

A true friend is a person who will help you when you really need help. When Bill helped me with geometry, I really learned the meaning of "A friend in need is a friend indeed."
See also: friend, indeed, need
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

friend in need is a friend indeed, a

A dependable friend. This expression is thought to come from a Latin proverb stated by Ennius in Hecuba (ca. 180 b.c.), quoted by Cicero and Erasmus and literally translated as “The certain friend is discerned in uncertain circumstances.” It had been quoted many times—by William Caxton, John Heywood, and others—by the time Shakespeare used it in The Passionate Pilgrim (1599): “He that is thy friend indeed, he will help thee in thy need.”
See also: friend, need
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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