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cronynoun [C]

uk   /ˈkrəʊ.ni/ us   /ˈkroʊ.ni/ 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.
(Definition of crony from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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cronynoun [C]

us   /ˈkroʊ·ni/ often disapproving
a close friend or companion, esp. someone who may not be honest: I’d like to see the president and his cronies booted out of office.
(Definition of crony from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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