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Building bridges: 10 Idioms about Relationships and Friends [infographic]

  • July 2, 2012
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Idioms and expressions are important parts of any literary or dialectic culture. For anyone who is wondering what are idioms, they are groups of words that present information in a figurative or proverbial manner. Today, there are modern acronyms like BFF and pseudo-words like “frenemies.” There are many other idioms and expressions about friendship and relationships that are centuries old and still have an important place in modern culture. Here are a few examples of idioms about relationships that are used every day.

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1.) Build bridges
Making connections is an important part of building relationships. Whether it’s two individuals, two communities or two countries, building bridges is the way relationships begin. Here’s an example.
Nowadays, there are networking events for professionals who want to build bridges in their industries.

2.) Cross someone’s path
This timeless idiom is frequently used to describe a chance meeting between two people or two separate things. Here’s an example.
Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot crossed paths at the Brighton railway station.

3.) A friend in need is a friend indeed.
When people are in need, true friends will always come to their aid. Here’s an example.
When Sally’s friends helped her move, she realized that a friend in need is a friend indeed.

4.) Make friends
To make friends means two people have established or reestablished a link of friendship. Here’s an example.
Being outgoing is the easiest way to make new friends.

5.) Friends in high places
Sometimes the people we know are more important than what we know. Having friends in high places means someone knows people with power and influence. Here’s an example.
Having friends in high places is important for anyone who wants to start a political career.

6.) Man’s best friend
Dogs make great friends. They are forgiving and understanding creatures that have earned a place of honor alongside men and women. Here’s an example.
A loving dog is a man’s best friend.

7.) At odds with someone
People, facts and political parties can all be at odds when they are in a state of disagreement. Here’s an example.
Rebecca and Rachel have been at odds since Rachel stole Rebecca’s boyfriend.

8.) Be an item
When gossip starts circulating in small social circles or major tabloid publications, couples become an item. Here’s an example.
John and Madison say they’re friends, but everyone knows they’re an item.

9.) The honeymoon is over
Romance can be short-lived. This figurative idiom can be applied to marriages and honeymoons, but it typically refers to a brief period of bliss or cooperation between two groups or individuals that is now over. It’s also closely related to “The party’s over,” which is another popular idiom. Here’s an example.
The honeymoon is over, and everything has gone back to normal.

10.) Birds of a feather
As the saying goes, birds of a feather flock together. While opposites attract, similar people also get along well. Here’s an example.
Katerina and Olga are both from Russia, and they both look the same. Anyone can see they’re birds of a feather.

These are just a few examples of idioms that are directly related to friends and relationships, but there are many others too. Do you have a favorite friend-related idiom? If there’s an idiom you love or one you don’t understand, you’re welcome to share your comments here.

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