English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
(social - working - personal)
|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 family.
|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
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 tendency and go along
with whatever happens.
When my colleagues organise 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
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.
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