friend in court


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friend(s) in court

A powerful friend who typically helps one to get or do what one wants. She must have a friend in court because she is definitely unqualified for that job. I'm not too worried about this charge against me—I have friends in court.
See also: court

friend in court

Also, friends in high places. A person or persons who can help by virtue of their important position. For example, With a friend in court, he has a good chance of getting the contract, or Jim thinks he can get out of paying the fine; he has friends in high places. This expression alludes to the power of a person at the royal court. With the decline of monarchies, high places came into more common use. [c. 1400]
See also: court, friend