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This week's theme: Slang/informal terms
goombah (GOOM-bah) noun
1. Friend, accomplice, or crony.
[Dialectal pronunciation of Italian compa, a clipping of compare (godfather, friend, or accomplice), from Latin compater, from com- (with) + pater (father).]
"It was his goombahs. It's the first rule in the underworld: It is not
your enemies you have to worry about, it's your friends."
At the beginning and at the end of love, the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone. -Jean de la Bruyere, essayist and moralist (1645-1696)