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back-friend: pretended or false friend Err. IV. ii. 37 (with punning allusion to the sergeant approaching from behind or clapping the man on the back). ∥ In the Warwickshire dialect ‘backfriend’ is a name for the troublesome agnail.
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    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 4.2
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