friend at court

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friend at court

An ally, patron, or benefactor who is in a position of authority or influence. The Secretary of State has expressed his desire for our country to be a friend at court for the emerging global superpower.
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a friend at court

a person in a position to use influence on your behalf.
See also: court, friend
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They would soon persuade you, that they take towns out of mere defensive principles." "Sister," answered the squire, with much scorn, "let your friends at court answer for the towns taken; as you are a woman, I shall lay no blame upon you; for I suppose they are wiser than to trust women with secrets." He accompanied this with so sarcastical a laugh, that Mrs Western could bear no longer.
We had received some notice of this resolution from our friends at court, and were likewise informed that the Emperor, their master, had been persuaded that my design was to procure assistance from the Indies, and that I should certainly return at the head of an army.
Now, Robin, Sir Walter had great friends at court, therefore his kinsmen stirred up things against my son so that, to save him from prison, I had to pay a ransom of six hundred pounds in gold.
Time marches on, and your friends at Court Chatter missed a golden opportunity to tell the whole handball world about wonderful newlyweds Matt and KaiAnn Stamp in June 2010--that's Matt S.
Does it have no friends at court? Most worryingly, the Prime Minister has threatened that if the city did not vote for an elected mayor, it would be cut out of government deliberations.
Its popularity in Britain was sealed by Catherine of Braganza, the young Portuguese wife of Charles II, who held tea parties for her friends at court.
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