side kick

sidekick

[sahyd-kik]
noun
1.
a close friend.
2.
a confederate or assistant.

Origin:
1900–05, Americanism; side1 + kick

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sidekick (ˈsaɪdˌkɪk)
 
n
informal a close friend or follower who accompanies another on adventures, etc

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sidekick
"companion or close associate," 1906, shortened from side-kicker (1903, in an O.Henry story), Amer.Eng., of unknown origin. Earlier terms were side-pal (1886), side-partner (1890).
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