a friend in need is a friend indeed


a friend in need is a friend indeed

Meaning | Synonyms

  • used for a person who helps at the time of a requirement is a true friend
  • used to say when someone needs your help with something then they tend to become friendly with you. (This meaning is not used often anymore but remains to be a part of the phrase nevertheless.)
  • someone would be willing to take action (deed) for a friend’s requirement

Example Sentences

  1. He stayed with me throughout the time I was in the hospital, a friend in need is a friend indeed!
  2. I always try to work out a way for my friends’ problems. A friend in need is a friend in deed.
  3. I’ll always remember your help, dude. A friend in need is a friend in deed.
  4. Whom do you call a real friend? A friend in need is a friend in deed, but not like you.
  5. Rebecca helped her best friend Sally in all ups and downs and this is the perfect example of saying “a friend in need is a friend in deed“.


The phrase, because of its debatable meaning is used as reference to context. It is amongst the oldest known phrases with the first usage in Latin by Quintus Ennius in the 3rd century BC. When translated it means that a sure friend is identified or recognized when there is a difficulty. It has been in existence since the 11th Century by the Oxford Dictionary.

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To me it sounds like when a so called friend is in trouble or needs help they become very friendly to you so not to jeopardize the help they want to receive from you

‒ Gary March 13, 2022

It means when someone wants something, they’ll do things for you.

‒ Rita January 6, 2021

A true friend is someone who will be there for you regardless of what ever the need may be in your life, Whether it be a place to live, clothes, food,or even money.

‒ Anonymous January 10, 2020

I need the sentence in which the idiom comes in the middle

‒ Kavya February 5, 2019

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