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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.]
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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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