Meaning of “crony” in the English Dictionary

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"crony" in British English

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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)

"crony" in American English

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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)