English idioms that describe relationships.
- get on like a house on fire - to get on really well with someone: They get on like a house on fire.
- have a soft spot for somebody - to be very fond of somebody: Kate has a soft spot for her youngest child.
- go back a long way - to know someone well for a long time: Those two go back a long way. They were at secondary school together.
- be in with - to have favoured status with somebody: She's in with the management.
- get off on the wrong foot with somebody - to start off badly with somebody: Mary really got off on the wrong foot with her new manager.
- keep somebody at arm's length - to keep somebody at a distance: I'm keeping her at arm's length for the time being.
- they're like cat and dog - to often argue with somebody: Those two are like cat and dog.
- rub somebody up the wrong way - to irritate somebody: Tom really rubs his sister up the wrong way.
- be at loggerheads - to disagree strongly: Tom and Monica are at loggerheads over the new policy.
- sworn enemies - to hate somebody: Those two are sworn enemies.
Equality and inequality
- bend over backwards for somebody - do everything possible to help somebody: Karren bent over backwards for them when they first arrived in the town.
- be at somebody's beck and call - to always be ready to do what somebody wants: As the office junior, she was at his beck and call all day.
- pull your weight - to do the right amount of work: The children always pull their weight around the house.
- do your fair share - to do your share of the work: He never does his fair share!
- take somebody under your wing - to look after somebody until they settle in: He took her under his wing for her first month at work.
- keep tabs on somebody - to watch somebody carefully to check what they are doing: He's keeping tabs on the sales team at the moment.
- wear the trousers - to be in control: My wife wears the trousers in our relationship.
- be under the thumb - to be controlled by somebody else: Robert really keeps her under the thumb.