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Friendship vocabulary

Helen and Michal in the sitting room
Here is some vocabulary to describe some of the different aspects of a friendship

Words for ' friends'

a best friend:
(often used by children) to describe the person they are closest to. A 'best friend' is usually your best friend for life

a close friend:
a good friend

a pal:
(informal): a friend

a mate:
(informal): a friend

a girlfriend:
a girl or woman who is your platonic friend or a girl or woman you have a romantic or sexual relationship with

a boyfriend:
a boy or man you have a romantic or sexual relationship with

an acquaintance:
person who isn't a friend but someone you know a little

a companion:
(an old-fashioned reference) to someone who is paid to live with or look after someone else

Idioms about friendship:

a shoulder to cry on: someone who listens to your problems
It's always good to talk to Hilary, she's so sympathetic. She's a real shoulder to cry on

see eye to eye: to agree with someone
(usually used in the negative) They don't always see eye to eye on politics but they're still great friends

no love lost: disagree with someone
They used to be best friends but they had a huge fight about money. Now there's no love lost between them

hate someone's guts: to very strongly dislike someone They fell out and now she hates his guts

clear the air: two people talk about a problem they have been avoiding discussing
I hated the way he kept borrowing things without asking me but we had a chat about it and cleared the air so now he knows to check with me first

bury the hatchet: to stop fighting or quarrelling
After years of arguing about politics with my dad, we finally decided to bury the hatchet band stopped trying to change other's opinions

patch up our differences: to settle an argument
I used to fight a lot with my sister. My mum would always make us apologise and patch up our differences so that we would be friends again

through thick and thin: people who have had some good times and difficult times together
They've been friends for 20 years. They've had a lot of fun over the years but he was unemployed after university and she was very ill for a long time recently. They've really been through thick and thin together


morals (n):
beliefs about the correct or right way to behave and treat other people

A friend in need is a friend indeed (idiom):
If someone helps you when you are having a problem that means s/he is a true friend

to have someone over a barrel (idiom):
to give someone no choice about what s/he will do

two-faced (adj):
to say one thing and then do something different. For example, to say you like someone but then gossip about her/him when s/he isn't there

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