circle of support

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circle of support

Any group of people who meet regularly to help an individual accomplish objectives in life, acting as a “community” for that person who, for whatever reasons, can’t achieve those objectives on his/her own or is incapable of asking others for help.
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Evidently Speranski liked to rest after his labors and find amusement in a circle of friends, and his guests, understanding his wish, tried to enliven him and amuse themselves.
Up to this time I had had a very restricted circle of friends. But now I began to go about.
In the Academy Anne gradually drew a little circle of friends about her, thoughtful, imaginative, ambitious students like herself.
Here's old Peter Stimson, who has `left a large circle of friends to mourn his untimely loss.' Lord, Anne, dearie, that man was eighty, and everybody who knew him had been wishing him dead these thirty years.
It was a great comfort to her to be sure of exciting no interest in ONE person at least among their circle of friends: a great comfort to know that there was ONE who would meet her without feeling any curiosity after particulars, or any anxiety for her sister's health.
So many instances within my small circle of friends is remarkable!
I look back at the chain of incidents, my interview with McArdle, Challenger's first note of alarm in the Times, the absurd journey in the train, the pleasant luncheon, the catastrophe, and now it has come to this--that we linger alone upon an empty planet, and so sure is our fate that I can regard these lines, written from mechanical professional habit and never to be seen by human eyes, as the words of one who is already dead, so closely does he stand to the shadowed borderland over which all outside this one little circle of friends have already gone.
We know no man superior to Crummles in his particular line of character, or one who, whether as a public or private individual, could carry with him the best wishes of a larger circle of friends. Crummles is certain to succeed.'
The married couple were enjoying their honeymoon, and entertaining a brilliant circle of friends in their splendid villa, near Lake Pontchartrain, when, one day, a letter was brought to him in that well-remembered writing.
Fyne--was so great that they would have shared it with anybody almost--not belonging to their circle of friends. I happened to be at hand--that was all.
Who can tell the grounds of his knowledge of the character of the several individuals in his circle of friends? No man.
She'll have a circle of friends about her if I leave her in this neighborhood much longer.