One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive Having served for a long time and regarded as reliable or faithful.‘my trusty old Morris Minor’‘their trusty steeds’
reliable, dependable, trustworthy, never-failing, unfailing, tried and true, tried and trusted, trustedView synonyms
- ‘Crowd cheering, the trusty steed galloped at high speed for the winning post.’
- ‘You will need a bow, target, finger and wrist guard and some trusty arrows.’
- ‘I was so chuffed that I gave my old, trusty typewriter to her daughter without even a second thought.’
- ‘Our hero sat once more below the faithful tree, his trusty vial of pills in his hands, a prescribed lifeline.’
- ‘Nothing more was needed than a steady hold on the reins of her trusty steed.’
A prisoner who is given special privileges or responsibilities in return for good behaviour.
- ‘He provides an evenhanded account of the continuing debate over Solzhenitsyn's stern views on the pridurki or trusties - prisoners who collaborated with the camp administration in return for various privileges.’
- ‘From a humanitarian standpoint, this seems something like putting trusties in charge of the prison camps.’
- ‘There had been a riot over in C Block at breakfast time, and one of the trusties, suspected of grassing, had been doused in hot fat, and set afire.’
- ‘They have rewarded favored prisoners and made them trusties.’
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