wasta

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From Arabic وَاسِطَة (wāsiṭa)

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wasta (plural wastas)

  1. (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”, in 'Wasta' at US Embassy[1]:
      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.

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