1581, in the meaning defined above
from the archaic salutation "Hail, fellow! Well met!"
Time Traveler for hail-fellow-well-met
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“Hail-fellow-well-met.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hail-fellow-well-met. Accessed 17 May. 2022.
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