a friend of Dorothy

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a friend of Dorothy

euphemism, dated A homosexual. Refers to Judy Garland, who played the character Dorothy in the 1939 film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz and became a gay icon in the 1960s. Even as far as we as a people have progressed, it can still be extremely difficult—dangerous, even—for people to admit they are a friend of Dorothy in certain parts of the country.
See also: friend, of

a friend of Dorothy

a homosexual person. informal euphemistic
The expression alludes to Dorothy Gale, the young heroine of Frank L. Baum's The Wizard of Oz ( 1900 ), played in the 1939 film version by Judy Garland , who later became a gay icon.
See also: friend, of
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He was a "confirmed bachelor", a "mammy's boy", a friend of Dorothy's even though he preferred Streisand.
He also wanted to show the world - read any woman who's ever counted calories and secretly ate a bag of chips in a darkened car park then washed the grease off her fingers with full fat Coke - that as well as being a lifelong friend of Dorothy's, he's also been pally with Doritos, Dolly Mixtures and dumplings.
Hadn't pegged ex-Rangers legend Ted McMinn as a friend of Dorothy's.
Pauline tries her best to seduce old Derek and offers to rub his magic lamp without realising he's a friend of Dorothy's.
"So that confirms it, he is a friend of Dorothy's."
Speaking of which, the Tin Man in search of a heart is played to perfection by Tracy Beaker actor Ben Hanson, with a lovely Welsh lilt; his brave buddy the Lion, played wonderfully by fine-voiced Jimmy Burton-Iles, a touch on the effeminate side, which enabled the obvious line that he was a friend of Dorothy's!
And,as he was married to Judy Garland,he was definitely more,as the saying goes, than just a friend of Dorothy's.