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I found some people call others 老铁. What does this mean? Does it mean friend? I can't find this usage in any dictionaries.

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老铁 is a term that originates from Northeastern Mandarin (東北話), and means "bro" or "close friend". Slang from regional dialects often spill over into mainstream Chinese and get adopted by everyone.

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According to baidu

中文名: 老铁

外文名: sidekick/buddy

Which also fits with the use of it as far as I have seen it

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Brief extension:

老: literally means old, but by adding in front of a pronoun, it produces a sense of intimacy.

Example:

老王 (Mr. Wang, but most likely someone you are famaliar with)

老哥 (buddy)

铁: literally "iron", describes a strong relationship.

Example:

铁哥们 (buddy, has a stronger relationship than "老哥")

巴铁 (some Chinese use this term to describe the relationship between China and Pakistan (巴基斯坦))

Note: The word is an internet slang derived from Dongbei dialect, so of course you can't find any definition in a formal dictionary.

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You can think 老铁 just means "guys" or "buddy" in english

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more close than guys.

but a little 调侃

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