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 English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

Idioms: Relationships-3
from: 'a storm is brewing'   to:  'walking papers'


  • a storm (is) brewing
    • If you say that a storm is brewing, you mean that the atmosphere indicates that there is going to be trouble between two or more people, probably with outbursts of anger or emotion.
      "As soon as we saw Pete's face, we knew there was a storm brewing."

  • 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."

  • string someone along
    • If you string someone along, you deliberately mislead them about your intentions.
      "Bob finally understood that Mary had just been stringing him along; she had no intention of marrying him."

  • no strings attached
    • An offer 'with no strings attached' is an offer made without conditions or that requires nothing in return.
      "I'll drive you home - no strings attached."

  • 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."

  • (through) thick and thin
    • A relationship or friendship that continues through thick and thin, is a longlasting one that persists, whatever the circumstances may be, good or bad.
      "Bob is famous today, but Tom is still his best friend, the one who supported him through thick and thin."

  • 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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