One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person in a position to use their influence on one's behalf.‘I knew that it never hurt to have a friend at court’
- ‘In master Daniel I had a friend at court, who would sometimes give me a cake, and who kept me well informed as to their guests and their entertainments.’
- ‘I didn't want to say good bye to Bess, for I doubted that I would have such a friend at court.’
- ‘‘It's good to have a friend at court,’ he said, continuing his heartless harangues to the passive auditor, who neither heard nor replied to them.’
- ‘The rule seems to be lenient when it comes to dealing with the persons who have a friend at court, so to say.’
- ‘But then the only reason he was able to observe the action at all was that he had a friend at court.’
- ‘I received intelligence of it from a friend at court, who pointed out to me a good position, from which to view the close of the proceedings.’
- ‘He was the international president and it could not but be helpful to have a friend at court when extension was on the agenda.’
- ‘We had a friend at court, one that secured for me two meetings with Harold Wilson.’
- ‘The fact we are politically attuned to the region means Europeans can regard us as a friend at court.’
- ‘‘Five cents for the benefit of the Sanitary Fund’, he explained to the visitors, who were not unwilling to have a friend at court for so small a price.’
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