Friendship Idioms



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1. Be thick as thieves

It implies to be very close friends who share everything and trust each other completely.

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My best friend and I have been thick as thieves since we were kids

The two suspects were caught together and looked like they were thick as thieves

The company's top executives are thick as thieves and always seem to be plotting something

After working together on several projects, the team had become thick as thieves

The group of friends were thick as thieves and always went on vacation together

2. To have each other's back

It implies to support and defend each other no matter what.

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Don't worry, I've got your back if anything goes wrong

The two siblings always had each other's back, no matter what

In a dangerous situation, it's important to have someone who has your back

The team was successful because everyone had each other's back and worked together

A true friend will always have your back and support you no matter what

3. A shoulder to cry on

It implies to be someone who is there to listen and provide emotional support when a friend is going through a tough time.

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When my dog died, my sister was there to be a shoulder to cry on

After a breakup, it can be helpful to have a close friend who can be a shoulder to cry on

When her mother was diagnosed with cancer, she needed someone to be a shoulder to cry on

I know I can always go to my mom and she'll be a shoulder to cry on when I need it

It's important to have someone who can be a shoulder to cry on during difficult times

4. On the same wavelength

It implies to understand each other perfectly and have similar thoughts or ideas.

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We were on the same wavelength about the project and worked well together

When they met for the first time, they immediately realized they were on the same wavelength

The new manager and the team members were not on the same wavelength and it caused conflicts

The two musicians were on the same wavelength and created beautiful music together

In order for a relationship to work, both people need to be on the same wavelength

5. In someone's good books

It implies to be in someone's favor or good graces.

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I need to do well on this project so I can be in my boss's good books

If you want to get promoted, you need to be in the CEO's good books

After helping her with her work, she was in her professor's good books and received a good grade

The team leader was always in the client's good books because he was a great communicator

It's always good to be in your spouse's good books, especially when you need their support

6. Go way back

It implies to have known someone for a long time, usually from childhood or early years.

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We've been best friends since we were kids, we go way back

My family and I have a history with that restaurant, we go way back

The company and I go way back, I've been working with them for over 20 years

I didn't just meet her yesterday, we go way back to our college days

Our families have been friends for generations, we go way back

7. Break bread

It implies to share a meal with someone, usually as a sign of friendship or reconciliation.

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Let's go out for dinner and break bread together

After we resolved our differences, we sat down to break bread and celebrate our friendship

Sharing a meal is a great way to break bread and build a connection

We always break bread with our neighbors during the holidays

In many cultures, it's customary to break bread as a sign of peace and friendship

8. Be there for someone

It implies to be available to help and support a friend in times of need.

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When my grandmother got sick, I promised to be there for her every step of the way

She's been my rock, always there for me when I needed her

Even though we live far apart, she knows I'll always be there for her when she needs me

When he lost his job, we made sure to be there for him and offer our support

Being there for someone means being willing to listen, offer advice, and help in any way possible

9. A friend in need is a friend indeed

The phrase suggests that a friend who is willing to help you in your time of need is a friend who truly cares about you, as opposed to someone who is only your friend when things are going well.

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When he was going through a tough time, his friend offered to help him out - a friend in need is a friend indeed

She realized that her true friends were the ones who stuck by her during her difficult moments - a friend in need is a friend indeed

When he was stranded in a foreign country with no money, his friend wired him some cash - a friend in need is a friend indeed

She knew she could always count on her friend to lend a listening ear - a friend in need is a friend indeed

When he was sick, his friend came over to take care of him - a friend in need is a friend indeed