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boon companion

One's close or closest friend, especially someone with whom one enjoys spending time or sharing activities. My wife and I are also boon companions—we do everything together!
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boon companion

A favorite friend, a convivial associate. Now on its way to obsolescence, the adjective “boon” comes from the French bon, for “good,” and has meant “jolly” since the twelfth century. As for the pairing with “companion,” several sources cite the Roman epigrammist Martial, who wrote nulli tefacias nimis sodalem, which has been translated as “to no man make yourself a boon companion.” The association with drinking was made explicit by John Arbuthnot (The History of John Bull, 1712): “A boon companion, loving his bottle and his diversion.”
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"Let us rather take to our feet, and trust to manhood," returned his impatient companion.
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He has lived in unbroken retirement on the barren island for twenty years past, with no other companion than a daughter, who is his only child.
Delafield get married, then, if marriage be so very desirable?" said Miss Henly, smiling at the customary rattle of her companion: "he can easily get a wife, you say?"
But it did not come as soon as we had expected, and before many minutes my companion was fast asleep, and I was rapidly falling into the same state of happy forgetfulness.
"Not on your life," his young companion intervened.
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His late companion's chance persist- ency made him feel that he could not keep his crime concealed in his bosom.
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These were my companions going forth by night--(For Chil!
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