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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Social, working and personal relationships

from:  'speak the same language'   to:  'walking papers'

  • 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 - strange bedfellows don't you think?"

  • strictly business
    • An appointment, event or relationship that is entirely devoted to business, and does not involve any personal issues, is called strictly business.
      "Yes we had lunch together but it was strictly business."

  • as 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".

  • think the sun rises and sets on someone
    • If you consider someone to be the most wonderful person in the world, you think the sun rises and sets on them.
      "She adores her husband - she thinks the sun rises and sets on him!"

  • think the world of someone
    • If you think the world of someone, you like or admire them very much.
      "She's a wonderful grandmother - the children think the world of her."

  • 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 a third person 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."

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