|birds of a feather flock together||If 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 bridges||If 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 loose||If 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 someone||If 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 friend||Someone 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 fire||Two 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 deal||If you say that some has got a raw deal, you think they have been treated unfairly or badly.|
|go with the flow||If 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 neighbours||This 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 gooseberry||If 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 cats||This 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 item||To 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 out||If 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 length||If 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 others||If 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 loggerheads||If 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 circles||When 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 terms||If 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 cradle||If 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 shoulders||If 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 hounds||If 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 other||The 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 networking||This 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 marriage||A starter marriage is a short-lived first marriage that ends in divorce with no kids, no property and no regrets.|
|stormy relationship||If 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 language||If 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 bedfellows||This 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 thieves||To 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 strings||If 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 crowd||This 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 somebody||If 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 papers||If you are given your walking papers, your contract or a relationship has ended.|
After causing a diplomatic incident, Carter got his walking papers.