I once read a nice term that's used to describe friends that you've known ever since you were very little. It was something like "Sandbeckenkamaraden", but not exactly. Can anyone help me out here?

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    The most common term for a childhood friend is actually Schulfreund, though that is apparently not what you're looking for. – leftaroundabout Jun 21 at 17:45
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    You can actually say ''school friend'' in English, although it's probably more common ''old school friend'' for clarity. – Tom Jun 22 at 15:49
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    and then there is also "Jugendfreund" which means friend of (so.) youth... – John Smith Jun 22 at 18:04

The word you are looking for is Sandkastenfreund.

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    I know Sandkastenliebe for married couples in sentences like Er hat seine Sandkastenliebe geheiratet. – Ralf Joerres Jun 21 at 11:56
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    We've got something like Sandkastenfreund and all that English speakers have in mind when they talk about uniquely useful German words is Schadenfreude, it's a shame really :( – Sebastian Koppehel Jun 21 at 20:45
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    Schadenfreude ist die ehrlichste Freude. The word shows a degree of self awareness that is not universal. – gnasher729 Jun 21 at 21:06
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    Other related terms would be Kindergartenfreund and Schulfreund, depending on the age at which you've met. – B Fuchs Jun 21 at 22:15
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    Never heard that word, it might not be universally known. – Konrad Rudolph Jun 22 at 8:19

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