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be part of the furniture

slang To be viewed as part of the surroundings because one has been in a particular job or place for a long time. I can't envision the company without Bill. I mean, the man has been here for 40 years—he's part of the furniture!
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part of the furniture

Considered to be an intrinsic or fundamental part of the surroundings because one has been in a particular job or place for a long time. I can't envision the company without Bill. I mean, the man has been here for 40 years—he's part of the furniture! Ah that's just Mary. She's been coming to this restaurant nearly every day for years, so we kind of see her as part of the furniture at this point.
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part of the furniture

If someone or something is part of the furniture, they have been present somewhere for such a long time that everyone accepts their presence without questioning it or noticing them. In ten years he has become part of the furniture of English life, his place on the stage firmly fixed and universally respected. Once cameras in courts have become part of the furniture, witnesses are so absorbed in answering questions that they forget the cameras are there.
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part of the furniture

a person or thing that has been somewhere so long as to seem a permanent, unquestioned, or invisible feature of the scene. informal
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part of the ˈfurniture

(informal) somebody who has worked or been in a particular place for such a long time that people hardly notice them: The librarian had been there so long he seemed like part of the furniture.
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References in classic literature ?
Some of the furniture in the upper rooms, not being wanted by the last tenant, was left to be taken at a valuation if the next tenant needed it.
The general, perceiving how her eye was employed, began to talk of the smallness of the room and simplicity of the furniture, where everything, being for daily use, pretended only to comfort, etc.
The Mercosul trade bloc has a long way to go before it can consider itself a player in the world furniture market, but if Brazil's trade ministry is to be believed, Mercosul will surpass either Italy or China--the global No.
Present at the meeting were representatives of the American Furniture Manufacturers Association (AFMA), the Fabric Coalition (a group of upholstery fabric makers), Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM).
San Rafael, California-based Tamalpais NatureWorks also uses toxic-free finishes on its clean-lined furniture.
Not only is the weather warm here most of the year, but property values are high and many people have limited interior space, so they really need to expand their living space to the outdoors,'' says Kathy Jarvis, director of design at Glabman's Furniture & Interior Design in Woodland Hills.
Furniture has become a very popular means to achieve these objectives.
Pat Nelson at office furniture supplier Haworth, Inc.
This report offers a comprehensive picture of the furniture sector in Belgium, providing trends in furniture production and consumption, furniture imports and exports, prices.
Efforts to establish a federal rule to reduce the risk of fire resulting from cigarette or small open flame ignition of upholstered furniture date back to 1973 and the establishment of CPSC.
There are hundreds of furniture dealers, and even a number of dealers that are fortunate enough to carry the Knoll line like PML," says Leonard Butterman, president of the $40 million PML.
This report offers a comprehensive picture of the furniture sector in Norway, providing trends in furniture production and consumption, furniture imports and exports, prices.
While the staff briefing package, some eight years in the drafting, proposed a mandatory standard for upholstered furniture, it also recommended that CPSC conduct a public meeting to hear comments from the industry and other players in any eventual standard.
The cost of owning office furniture is very similar.
This report offers a comprehensive picture of the furniture sector in Denmark, providing trends in furniture production and consumption, furniture imports and exports, prices.