Learn English Expressions and Idioms about Friendship

In the hustle and bustle of the city, people tend to spend less time to appreciate the precious emotional values, especially about friendship. Friends play an essential role in our life, who are always willing to help whenever we are in trouble. In this following article, we would like to show you some exciting and common ways to talk about friendship. We hope that you enjoy this post and do not forget to practice using these phrases frequently.

  1. To make friends with: To establish a close relationship with someone, to become friends with someone.

Example: The little girl tries to make friends with the kitten.

  1. To hear from: If you hear from someone, you get a letter, email, or phone call from that person, or that person tells you something.

Example: She called me because she hadn’t heard from me for a while.

  1. To run into someone: to meet someone you know when you are not expecting to.

Example: Adam ran into his high-school friend this morning.

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  1. To come between: If something or someone comes between you and a friend, it creates problems and distances in your relationship.

Example: They have such a healthy relationship; it is hard to imagine anything coming between them.

  1. To let someone down: to make someone disappointed, often because you failed to do what you promised.

Example: Even when we have been friends for ages, she has never let me down.

  1. To stick up for: When your friends support or defend your idea, they stick up for you.

Example: Levi stuck up for Linda when others spread fake rumors about her.

  1. To fix up: If you fix up your friend with someone, you arrange them to meet so that they might begin a romantic relationship.

Example: He always tries to fix me up with his younger sister.

  1. To grow apart: If two people grow apart, they gradually begin to have a less close relationship, usually because they no longer have the same interests or want the same things

Example: There was nobody else involved; we just grew apart.

  1. To fall out: To argue with someone and stop being friends with them.

Example: He left home after falling out with his parents.

  1. To meet up: To meet another person to do something together.

Example: Rose and her cousin planned to meet up next week.

  1. To get along/ on with someone: If two or more people get along, they like each other and are friendly to each other.

Example: I don’t know why I can not get along with Leyla, even though she is beautiful and sweet.

  1. To get together: If two or more people get together, they meet each other, having arranged it before.

Example: Shall we get together this weekend?

  1. To make up: To forgive someone and be friends again after an argument or disagreement.

Example: She cried, and then they made up, as usual.

  1. To count on someone: To be confident that you can rely on someone.

Example: Since I was a child, I have been counting on my parents.


  1. To go on: To continue to exist or happen.

Example: They went on to be friends till the rest of their lives.

  1. To keep in touch with someone: To maintain contact with another person, especially at intervals, so as to remain up to date with each other’s lives.

Example: My old high school friends and I tried keeping in touch once we graduated, but we all started growing apart once college got underway.

  1. A friend in need is a friend indeed: This means that a friend who helps you when you really need is a true friend.


A: Mom, Paul is such a nice person, he always stays by my side.

B: A friend in need is a friend indeed, you should treat him well.

  1. A Shoulder to cry on: Someone who is willing to listen to your problems and give you sympathy, emotional support, and encouragement.

Example: I wish you had given me a shoulder to cry on.

  1. Birds of a feather flock together: People of the same sort or with the same tastes and interests will be found together.


A: Anna and Ellen are always together, and both of them are so cool!

B: No need to be surprised, birds of a feather flock together.

  1. Bosom friend: A friend that you like a lot and have a very close relationship with.

Example: It is an open secret that two of them were bosom friends.

  1. Fair-weather friend: Someone who is a good friend when everything is going well and who stops being one when you are having problems.

Example: You shouldn’t trust David, he is just a fair-weather friend who will disappear when you need.

  1. Feathered friends: A way to refer to birds.

Example: Dad is out feeding his feathered friends at the park.

  1. Pen pal: Someone who you exchange letters with as a hobby, but usually have not met.

Example: Lisa, who lives in London, has been my pen pal for two years.

  1. Mutual friend: A person who is the friend of two people who may or may not know each other.

Example: My husband and I met through a mutual friend.

  1. Friends with benefits: A friend with whom you also have a sexual relationship.


A: Laura and Peter always turn up together lately, are they a couple?

B: I am afraid not. What can I say? You can describe them as friends with benefits.

  1. Friendzone: The state of being friends with someone when you would prefer a romantic or sexual relationship with them.

Example: He asked her out last week, but she said that they were in friendzone.

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  1. Close-knit: If a group of people is close-knit, they all help and support each other.

Example: John and Jane are close-knit.

  1. Friends in high places: To have friends who have essential or influential positions.

Example: He often brags about his friends in high places.

  1. To strike up a friendship: To become friends with someone.

Example: I want to strike up a friendship with Kate. She seems like a nice girl.

  1. Through thick and thin: If you support or stay with someone through thick and thin, it means you always support or stay with them, even if there are problems or difficulties.

Example: We have been together through thick and thin.

  1. To be as thick as thieves: To be very close or friendly with each other.

Example: Their daughters are as thick as thieves.

  1. To be joined at the hip: To be extremely close to someone, so you don’t like to be apart.

Example: I just met her a month ago, but we have been joined at the hip.

  1. To be on the same page: To understand and agree with what is being done or suggested.

Example: I think we are all on the same page.

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  1. To build bridges: To improve relationships between people who are very different or do not like each other.

Example: The government is working to build bridges between immigrants and local people.

  1. To bury the hatchet: To stop an argument and become friends again.

Example: It’s high time you guys buried the hatchet and listened to each other.

  1. To clear the air: To remove bad feelings about people.

Example: I had a heated argument with Tim, but at least it has cleared the air.

  1. To hit it off: To like someone and become friendly immediately.

Example: I hit it off with John at the party last year, and we have been best friends ever since.

  1. To get on like a house on fire: If two people get on like a house on fire, they like each other very much and become friends very quickly.

Example: I was worried that they would not like each other, but they are getting on like a house on fire.

  1. To know someone inside out: To know someone really well.

Example: Although Bob is my son, I don’t think I know him inside out.

  1. To make strange bedfellows: A pair of people, things, or groups paired together in a particular situation or activity, to be extremely different in overall characteristics, opinions, etc.

Example: A comedian and a politician made strange bedfellows.

  1. To move in the same circles: To socialize with people of the same background or lifestyle.

Example: I’m afraid I do not know Jane personally, as we don’t move in the same circles.

  1. To see eye to eye with someone: To agree with someone.

Example: I often see eye to eye with my sister as to how to arrange things.

  1. To speak the same language: To have similar ideas and similar ways to express them.

Example: I really like Jane. Since we both worked in the information technology industry, we have been speaking the same language.

  1. Two peas in a pod: Two people or things that are very similar to each other, or go very well together.

Example: The elder brother and the little one are like two peas in a pod.

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