Sparring-partner



noun
1.
a boxer who spars with and otherwise serves to train a boxer who is preparing for a bout.
sparring partner
/ˈspɑːrɪŋ/
noun
1.
a person who practises with a boxer during training
2.
a person with whom one has friendly arguments
sparring partner
An individual with whom one enjoys arguing, as in Jim’s my best sparring partner. This expression alludes to boxing, where since about 1900 it has denoted the person one practices or trains with. [ Mid-1900s ]

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