Collocations with Friend!

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friends collocations

1. GOOD, BEST, DEAR, GREAT FRIEND

  • Tom’s a good friend. I’m sure he’ll bail you out.
  • ‘My best friend is a person who will give me a book I haven’t read.’ (Abraham Lincoln)
  • He’s such a dear friend. He took me to Disneyland for my birthday.
  • Even though my python and I are very different, we can still be great friends.

 
2. CLOSE, INTIMATE FRIEND

  • Janet is my closest friend. She knows everything about me.
  • We’ve only invited intimate friends to our wedding.

 
3. MUTUAL FRIEND
a friend of yours who is also a friend of somebody else you know

  • It’s a shame that Ryan Gosling and I don’t have any mutual friends.

 
4. REAL, TRUE FRIEND
someone who is really your friend

  • ‘Thank you for putting me up for the night.’ ‘Don’t mention it. Any real friend would have done the same.’
  • Now that I’m a millionaire, I’m not sure who my true friends are anymore.

 
5. FAITHFUL, LOYAL FRIEND
a friend who will never let you down

  • Faithful friends are hard to find.
  • It’s easy to be a loyal friend. Just be there for your friend whenever he needs you.

 
6. OLD, LIFELONG FRIEND
a friend you’ve had for a long time, usually since you were children

  • Old friends accept you for who you are, because they’ve known and loved you for a very long time.
  • We’re lifelong friends. I couldn’t imagine my life without her.

 
7. MALE, FEMALE FRIEND

  • I’ve got lots of male friends. We hang out in the pub after work.
  • Peter’s wife is so jealous, he’s not allowed to have any female friends.

 
8. CHILDHOOD, SCHOOL FRIEND

  • My childhood friends are such a fun bunch of people. I love going out with them.
  • I don’t know what my school friends are doing these days. We lost touch when we went to university.

 
9. FAMILY FRIEND
a friend who takes part in family parties and events

  • My mum insists that I invite Aunt Audrey to my birthday party. Ugh! I hate family friends.

 
10. BECOME FRIENDS
start being friends

  • Lizzie and I became friends immediately when we realized we were both wearing Sex Pistols T-shirts.

 
11. MAKE FRIENDS
become friends with people

  • I’m not worried about Josh starting school. He makes friends easily.

 
12. REMAIN, STAY FRIENDS
not stop being friends with someone

  • I’m surprised that George and Steve remained friends after what George had done.
  • I’ve just broken up with Steve. I asked him if we could stay friends, but he said no.

 
13. WIN FRIENDS
make people support your ideas and become your friends

  • If you want to win friends around here, just invite them for a barbecue.

 
14. A CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
a circle of people who are connected through friendship

  • I’m not sure what to do. My ex and I share the same circle of friends. How could I avoid meeting him?

 
15. FAIR-WEATHER FRIEND
a friend you can’t count on when you have problems

  • Nobody stood by me when I got arrested. Apparently, I only had fair-weather friends at that time.

 
16. FALSE FRIEND
words that sound or look similar in two languages, but mean different things

  • ‘Annoiato’ doesn’t mean ‘annoyed’ in Italian, it’s a false friend. It means ‘bored’.

 
17. LEARNED FRIEND
a title solicitors and barristers use in court to address each other

  • As you may see, my learned friend has made several incorrect assumptions.

 
18. JUST GOOD FRIENDS
two people who are not having a romantic relationship

  • ‘Zack and I are just good friends.’ ‘So, how come you two were kissing when I entered the room?’

 
19. A FRIEND OF MINE
refers to one of your friends

  • I went to the gym after work with a friend of mine.

 
20. SPECIAL FRIEND
a very close friend (often used when talking about a friend you would like to go out with, but are afraid to ask)

  • Lizzy is my special friend. I call her anytime I need some help with my homework.
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