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wasta (plural wastas)
- (Arab society, often italicized) Intercession or mediation by people on behalf of others to whom they are connected by friendship or blood
2003 15 June, Syed Rashid Husain, “'Wasta' at US Embassy”:
- The number of those traveling to the US during summer may definitely have gone down, but if one can hook onto a wasta, one could get into the queue of applicants without having to get up early in the morning.