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friend at court

a friend in a position of influence or power who may advance one's interests, especially a helpful person who is close to someone in authority.
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friend of the court

noun, Law.
1940-45 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for friend-court

friend at court

an influential acquaintance who can promote one's interests
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friend of the court definition

An individual or group interested in influencing the outcome of a lawsuit but not an actual party to the suit. The statement presented to the court is an amicus curiae brief; amicus curiae is Latin for “friend of the court.”

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