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crony

noun [C] uk   /ˈkrəʊ.ni/ us    /ˈkroʊ-/ informal disapproving
a friend, or a person who works for someone in authority, especially one who is willing to give and receive dishonest help: The general and his cronies are now awaiting trial for drug smuggling.Friends, acquaintances and contemporariesSupporters, members and defendersBelievers and non-believers
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