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Episode 8 • Friendship

8

Bond over something

Hit it off

Get on like a house on fire

Know somebody inside out

Stick together through thick and thin

Story

This is a photo of Tommy, my best friend. Tommy and I bonded over music. We both wanted to be rock stars. It was the ‘80s and even though we were both around 30 years old at the time, we had never stopped dreaming. We met at a rock bar and we hit it off right away, we had so many things in common, we liked the same bands and had the same sense of humor. You could say we became instant best friends. We hung out a lot and realized that we got on like a house on fire. So, soon after, we decided to rent an apartment together and start a band. The Rocky Coaster. We spent all of our time together and became very close. I don’t think anybody knows me like he does, he knows me inside out. Sure, we went through some tough moments but we stuck together through thick and thin and now, even though we’re both 70 we keep playing and rocking like when we were younger.

Questions

Okay, so we're back. That was my terrible, terrible attempt at making the voice of a 70-year-old man. That didn't work out great. Let's look at the words which is the important thing at the end of the day.

Bond over something

'Tommy and I bonded over music.'

• If two people bond over something, do they start a friendship or end it?

If you bond over something, that's because you're starting a friendship.

• If two people bond over music, for example, do they start a friendship because they have similar or different interests?

You can bond over, I don't know, movies, or you can bond over your love for dogs.

• What other things can people bond over?

Oh, no, I already answered this question. Like I said, you can bond over fashion. I don't know. It really depends. I don't really bond over interests. Well, maybe a little bit like movies and music, but mostly I think when I find a new friend, they become friends with me because I like their sense of humor.

Hit it off

'We hit it off right away.'

• If you hit it off with someone, do you like each other or dislike each other?

If you hit it off with someone, that means you like each other immediately. Again, as soon as you meet them, you just like each other.

• Think of your best friend. Did you hit it off right away or became good friends later?

My best friend, yes, we definitely hit it off right away. We both found each other very funny.

Get on like a house on fire

'We got on like a house on fire.'

• If you and someone get on like a house on fire, do you have a really bad or a really good relationship?

Now, normally students have a hard time understanding this expression because a house on fire does not sound like a good thing. If you get on like a house on fire, that means you have a really good relationship.

• Can you think of someone with whom you get on like a house on fire?

I think most of my friends. All of my friends, we get on like a house on fire. Otherwise, they wouldn't be my friends, I guess. I don't have any those friends that you see, you hang out with, but you don't love being with them. No, all of my friends, we get on like a house on fire, and I love spending time with them.

Know somebody inside out

'He knows me inside out.'

• If you know somebody inside out, do you know them very well or not very well?

Well, inside and out, what else is there to know about a person? Nothing. You know them very well. You know them perfectly.

• Who do you think knows you inside out?

I think all of my friends. Well, no, not all of my friends. I think my sister knows me inside out, probably my ex, and I think my boyfriend because we've spent so much time together and because I'm constantly talking to them and telling them how I feel. If I need to talk to someone, I call them. They know me inside out.

Stick together through thick and thin

'We stuck together through thick and thin.'

• If two people stick together through thick and thin, do they support each other when things go well?

If you stick together through thick and thin, yes, you support each other when things go well.

• And what about when there is a problem? Do they still support each other or not?

Yes, if you stick together through thick and thin, you always support each other. It doesn't matter if things are going well or things are going poorly, you're always there for each other.

• Can you think of someone in your life who’s always been there for you? Do you stick together through thick and thin?

Yes. In this case, it's Marcus, my boyfriend. We have been together for about a year, and he's always been there for me right from the start. We have the craziest story of how we met. One day maybe I'm going to tell you. Even everything that we've been through this year, which has been quite a lot, we always stuck together.

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