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 for Next friend
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Next \Next\ (n[e^]kst), a., superl. of Nigh. [AS. n[=e]hst,
     ni['e]hst, n[=y]hst, superl. of ne['a]h nigh. See Nigh.]
     1. Nearest in place; having no similar object intervening.
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              Her princely guest
              Was next her side; in order sat the rest. --Dryden.
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              Fear followed me so hard, that I fled the next way.
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     2. Nearest in time; as, the next day or hour.
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     3. Adjoining in a series; immediately preceding or following
        in order.
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              None could tell whose turn should be the next.
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     4. Nearest in degree, quality, rank, right, or relation; as,
        the next heir was an infant.
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              The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next
              kinsmen.                              --Ruth ii. 20.
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     Note: Next is usually followed by to before an object, but to
           is sometimes omitted. In such cases next in considered
           by many grammarians as a preposition.
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     Next friend (Law), one who represents an infant, a married
        woman, or any person who can not appear sui juris, in a
        suit at law.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  next friend
      n 1: (law) a person who acts on behalf of an infant or disabled

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  NEXT FRIEND. One who, without being regularly appointed guardian, acts for 
  the benefit of an infant, married woman, or other person, not sui juris. 
  Vide Amy; Prochein Amy. 

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