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"A Friend in Need"

Posted by Peter McLean on February 21, 2003

I've only just come across this site, so maybe this issue has been addressed already. I have always understood the phrase "A Friend in need is a Friend indeed" to mean that when you are in need, a friend who stands by you or who helps you will prove to be a true friend; not, as you definition seems to suggest, that a friend who is in need will, for his own advantage, seem more friendly than before.

Or have I just misssed something?

Congratulations on a good site. I look forward to exploring it.