We've all happened to have a bit of work in an office or organization for which we've got to be really patient, as it takes lots of time and energy (which could result from a bureaucracy, poor management, etc.). But, if you know a person or friend there, then bob's your uncle! I mean, they can, illegally, help you get what you want. I suppose "contact" is a name for such people. What's the "verb" we can use for what they do? Any informal term for such people? Thanks in advance.
And, is the term "favouritism" related in any terms? Ta!
Last edited by Raymott; 22-Jul-2010 at 12:30.
Depending on what the person does to help you, it's not necessarily illegal anyway. It might be unethical or immoral, but helping a friend get something done faster probably isn't illegal in a lot of companies/departments.
Thanks again. Maybe I put it in a wrong way. Imagine there's a job vacancy in a company where a friend of yours is in a high position. There are other applicants, but in the end job's yours cos he used their power to put others aside. Is this person called "contact"? And, any informal term or idiom for what they've done?