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Officer Friendly

A police officer who is perceived as non-threatening due to his calm and amiable demeanor. Dale, I know you think aggression is the best way to get information, but you'd be surprised how easy it is to get people to talk to you when you're Officer Friendly. Stop yelling at me! I want Officer Friendly to do my interrogation!
See also: friendly, officer

be on good terms (with someone)

To have a friendly or pleasant relationship with someone. No, I'm on good terms with Stephanie now—we reconciled after that argument. You should always try to be on good terms with your boss. Anne and Paula had been fighting, but they're on good terms now.
See also: good, on, term

be on bad terms (with someone)

To be in a state of utter disagreement, dislike, or contempt with someone else. My ex-husband and I wanted to part amicably, but ever since the divorce trial started, we have been on really bad terms. No, I'm on bad terms with Stephanie ever since that argument.
See also: bad, on, term

be on friendly terms with (someone)

To have a pleasant relationship with someone. No, I'm on friendly terms with Stephanie now—we reconciled after that argument. You should always try to be on friendly terms with your boss.
See also: friendly, on, term

user friendly

Fig. easy to use. (Hyphenated before nominals.) The set-up instructions for the printer were very user friendly. I have a user-friendly computer that listens to my voice and does what I tell it.
See also: friendly, user

be on good, bad, friendly, etc. ˈterms (with somebody)

have a good, bad, friendly, etc. relationship with somebody: He’s not on very good terms with his wife’s family.I’m on first-name terms with my boss now (= we call each other by our first names).
See also: on, term
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Technology is a major ingredient in the effort to make London a friendlier place for global customers to do business, but the joint forum is working against the backdrop of a long history of failed efforts to develop a unified electronic architecture.
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Manufacturers are also using refrigerants that are much friendlier to the atmosphere.
Our job at Bay Networks is to make access to information easier, friendlier and faster," states Carney, who predicts companies and consumers alike will soon be able to plug into an outlet similar to a phone jack and get a data tone.
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Local governments can make land use and encroachment regulations friendlier for existing military bases.
The new Tilyou Playground certainly fills that void, creating a much warmer, friendlier environment.
Both seemed to acclimatize, however, and the day before teh mission ended, Thornton noted that "we'll be bringing two monkeys back to earth that are even friendlier that they were to begin with.
In addition to being cheaper than oil, advocates point out that the fuel is environmentally friendlier and would also help America wean itself of foreign oil imports.
Things like improved lighting and open lobbies make people feel safer and friendlier.
This has put new emphasis on friendlier non-OPEC countries where both major and minor energy companies can go.
We thought the NCAA was a little friendlier to the student-athlete,'' Dickey said.
In addition, negotiations are resulting in tenant improvements, extensions and friendlier lease terms.
We felt online investors were hungry for a better price, with timely customer service and friendlier technology, and we have delivered just that.
And there was much speculation when the Republican governor assumed office last November that GOP legislators would find the Democrat-controlled Legislature a friendlier place with Davis gone from the corner office.