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frenemy

[fren-uh-mee] /ˈfrɛn ə mi/
noun
1.
Informal. a person or group that is friendly toward another because the relationship brings benefits, but harbors feelings of resentment or rivalry:
Clearly, turning the competition into frenemies is good for your business.
Origin
1975-1980
1975-80; fr(iend) + enemy
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  • Now the frenemy has become a scapegoat for many of the industry's self-inflicted wounds.
Contemporary definitions for frenemy
noun

a person who pretends to be a friend but is actually an enemy; a rival with which one maintains friendly relations

Examples

There seems to be a frenemy relationship between Google and other search engines.

Word Origin

1953

Usage Note

also adj.

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