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I believe there is an expression to call someone (a friend) to whom you complain about something, generally a relationship problem. Could someone point to such an idiom?

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  • Ah, I got it, it's an "agony aunt"!
    – Vladtn
    May 4, 2012 at 10:13
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    you can post an answer your own question May 4, 2012 at 10:13

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Do you mean confidant?

a close friend or associate to whom secrets are confided or with whom private matters and problems are discussed.

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  • Confidant is good too, more general maybe
    – Vladtn
    May 4, 2012 at 10:15
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For some reason my favourite word for this is bosom buddy. Perhaps it can refer to someone to whom you pour all emotions you have kept buried in your bosom.

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  • nice one, never heard of it
    – Vladtn
    May 4, 2012 at 10:56
  • Ah, bosom buddies! Like Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble!
    – J.R.
    May 4, 2012 at 10:57
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What I was looking for was

Agony Aunt

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    ... or uncle, depending on the gender.
    – Kris
    May 4, 2012 at 10:21
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    This seems to have a pretty specific definition of being an advice columnist for a newspaper. Is that what you intended?
    – JLG
    May 4, 2012 at 11:54
  • Point taken and you seem to be right. However, how best to express the fact that the confidence in question is about relationship and other hardship. A confident could be for anything positive or negative. Agony aunt seems best if used somehow metaphorically.
    – Vladtn
    May 4, 2012 at 12:28
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    I didn't know the term, so I had to look it up. (I'm in the U.S.) Some of the definitions say it is a British expression (see Wikipedia's "advice column" entry), and some show it uncapitalized. This Wiktionary entry has a second definition that seems to fit what you're after.
    – JLG
    May 4, 2012 at 13:02
  • I always thought 'agony aunt' referred to someone you complained about to others (one that caused you agony so to speak). Whatever the true usage, it's a Britishism (to Americans).
    – Mitch
    May 4, 2012 at 13:07

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