Relationships (social – working – personal


اصطلاحات مربوط به روابط کاری، اجتماعی و شخصی
birds of a feather flock togetherIf two people are birds of a feather, they are very similar in many ways, so they naturally spend time together.
No wonder they get on well.  They’re birds of a feather!
build bridgesIf a person builds bridges between opposing groups, they help them to cooperate and understand each other better.
A mediator is trying to build bridges between the local community and the owners of the new plant.
cut looseIf someone cuts loose or is cut loose, they stop being influenced or controlled by another person or group.
He’s thirty years old and still hasn’t cut loose from his familiy.


see eye to eye with someoneIf you see eye to eye with somebody, you agree with them.
I’m glad we see eye to eye on the choice of colour scheme.
fair-weather friendSomeone who acts as a friend when times are good, and is not there when you are in trouble, is called a fair-weather friend.
I thought I could count on Bill, but I’ve discovered he’s just a fair-weather friend.
get on like a house on fireTwo people who get on like a house on fire have similar interests and quickly become good friends.
As soon as Sarah met her brother’s girlfriend, they got on like a  house on fire.
get a raw dealIf you say that some has got a raw deal, you think they have been treated unfairly or badly.


go with the flowIf you go with the flow, you follow the general tendancy and go along with whatever happens.
When my colleagues organize an office party, I just go with the flow.
good walls make good neighboursThis expression means that respecting one another’s privacy helps create a good relationship between neighbours.
We try not to disturb the people next door. Good walls make good neighbours!
play gooseberryIf you play gooseberry, you join or accompany two people who have a  romantic relationship and want to be alone.
They invited me to join them but I didn’t want to play gooseberry.
herding catsThis expression refers to the difficulty of coordinating a situation which involves people who all want to act independently.
Organizing an outing for a group of people from different countries is like herding cats!
be an itemTo say that two people are an item means that they are involved in a romantic relationship.
So Sally and Harry are an item, are they?
know someone inside outIf you know someone inside out, you know them very well.
Sue and Anne have been friends since childhood.  They know each other inside out.
keep at arm’s lengthIf you keep someone at arm’s length, you do not allow yourself to become too friendly with them.
It’s not easy to become friends with Sophie; she tends to keep everyone at arm’s length.
kowtow to othersIf you are very respectful and submissive, giving way to the wishes of a person or organization in authority in order to please them, you kowtow to them.
Mark refused to kowtow to the committee and decided to work as a consultant.
at loggerheadsIf you are at loggerheads with a person or organization, you disagree very strongly with them.
The management and the trade unions are at loggerheads over the decision to close down the plant.
move in the same circlesWhen people move in the same circles, they socialize with others who have a similar background, interests or lifestyle.
I’ve never met the Duchess personally. We don’t move in the same circles!
noddiing termsIf you are on nodding terms with someone, you don’t know them very well, just well enough to say ‘hello’ when you meet them.
We haven’t made any friends yet but we’re on nodding terms with our neighbours.
rob the cradleIf you rob the cradle, you have a romantic relationship with someone who is much younger than yourself.
My uncle Ted is dating a twenty-year-old girl.  That’s really robbing the cradle!
rub shouldersIf you rub shoulders with someone, you have an opportunity to meet and talk to that person, especially someone wealthy, famous or distinguished.
In her in public relations, she sometimes rubs shoulders with famous people.
run with the hare and hunt with the houndsIf you run with the hare and hunt with the hounds, you want to stay on friendly terms with both sides in a quarrel.
Bob always wants to keep everyone happy, but he can’t run with the hare and  hunt with the hounds this time – the issue is too important.


significant otherThe term ‘significant other‘ refers to a person, such as a spouse, partner or lover, with whom you have a long-term relationship.
Harry says he makes no decisions without consulting his significant other.
speed networkingThis term refers to a relatively new urban trend which consists in making a potential business contact by briefly talking to a series of people at an organised event and exchanging contact details.


starter marriageA starter marriage is a short-lived first marriage that ends in divorce with no kids, no property and no regrets.


stormy relationshipIf you have a stormy relationship with someone, you have a lot of arguments and disagreements.
After a very stormy relationship, they decided to separate.
speak the same languageIf two or more people speak the same language, they have similar opinions or ideas, so they understand each other very well.
We work well together because we speak the same language.
strange bedfellowsThis expression refers to the unusual or unlikely association of two or more people, companies or states.
A car manufacturer and a bakery – strage bedfellows don’t you think?
thick as thievesTo say that two people are as thick as thieves means that they are very close friends who are very loyal to each other.
Chris always takes Danny’s side.  They’re as thick as thieves
tied to someone’s apron stringsIf one person is tied to another’s apron strings, they remain dependent at an age when they should be independent.
All his decisions are influenced by his mother.  He’s still tied to her apron strings.
two’s company … three’s a crowdThis is said of two people, particularly lovers, who would prefer to be alone together rather than to have someone else with them.
I’d rather not come to the cinema with you, thanks.  Two’s company …!
two-time somebodyIf one person two-times another, they cheat on their partner by having a romantic relationship with another person at the same time.
Sally left Harry when she discovered he was two-timing her.
walking papersIf you are given your walking papers, your contract or a relationship has ended.
After causing a diplomatic incident, Carter got his walking papers.

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