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n. pl. fren·e·mies Informal
A person who is ostensibly friendly or collegial with someone but who is actually antagonistic or competitive.

[Blend of friend and enemy.]


n, pl -mies
1. a supposed friend who behaves in a treacherous manner
2. a person who is considered as both a friend and a rival
[C20: blend of friend and enemy ]
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After making headlines at the 2015 MTV VMA awards on Sunday (August 30), rapper Nicki Minaj "told" frenemy Miley Cyrus to talk to the ass cos the face is busy making its way to Dubai
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Yet I was fascinated to discover that sayings I'd mistaken for relatively recent--blurb (1907), frenemy (1953), weapons of mass destruction (1937), wimp (from an 1898 children's book by Evelyn Sharpe)-actually predated me.
Starting with a Harvard degree in '97 (never a bad career move), she has acted in dozens of movies and TV shows, co-created a comic book series called Frenemy of the State, worked as a contributing editor to Teen Vogue, and co-written multiple screenplays.