ke-mo sah-bee

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Of unclear origin; sometimes supposed to derive from a Native American term meaning "trusted friend". It was popularized by the American show The Lone Ranger, in which characters sometimes addressed each other as Kemo Sabe.


ke-mo sah-bee (plural ke-mo sah-bees)

  1. (US, slang) An address to a friend, said to mean "my trusted friend".


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