on good terms

on good terms (with someone)

friendly with someone; able to interact well and be friends with someone. Bill is on good terms with the people he works with. We are not on very good terms and don't speak to each other much.
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on good terms (with somebody)

friendly with someone or with each other Although she is on good terms with her parents now, Angie said she doesn't want to live with them, even for a short time. Even after their divorce, they remained on good terms.
Usage notes: also on bad terms (with someone), with the opposite meaning: She and her brother have been on bad terms for many years.
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on good terms

On a friendly footing, as in I'm on good terms with the manager, so I'll ask him to help you. Shakespeare used the phrase slightly differently in King Lear (1:2): "Parted you in good terms?" The precise current usage was first recorded in 1669. Also see on speaking terms.
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References in classic literature ?
In Lady Russell's view, it was perfectly natural that Mr Elliot, at a mature time of life, should feel it a most desirable object, and what would very generally recommend him among all sensible people, to be on good terms with the head of his family; the simplest process in the world of time upon a head naturally clear, and only erring in the heyday of youth.
You never were on good terms with Zverkov," Trudolyubov added, frowning.
Dear Sir,-- "The disagreement subsisting between yourself and my late honoured father always gave me much uneasiness, and since I have had the misfortune to lose him, I have frequently wished to heal the breach; but for some time I was kept back by my own doubts, fearing lest it might seem disrespectful to his memory for me to be on good terms with anyone with whom it had always pleased him to be at variance,-- There, Mrs.
This last man was not on good terms with his fellows, and had less of the doctor's confidence than any of the rest of us.
Now, if you only kept on good terms with him, he'd do almost anything you liked with the clock.
Ferrars's heart, and that she wishes for nothing so much as to be on good terms with her children.
Sir," said the prudent Planchet, "in the first place, are you on good terms with Monsieur de Rochefort?
Meanwhile Menelaus and I were on our way home from Troy, on good terms with one another.
Wouldn't it be much nicer, now, to have him all to yourself on good terms, in a company- keeping, love-making, pleasant sort of manner?
conspiracies were out of date; the Bourbons were apparently on good terms with all parties; and, unfortunately, for the last few years the government had been so thoroughly held up to the light of day by the silly discussions of the Left, whose aim seemed to be to make government of any kind impossible in France, that no good strokes of business could be made.
cried one of the Guards, "will you persist in saying, most discreet Aramis, that you are not on good terms with Madame de Bois-Tracy, when that gracious lady has the kindness to lend you one of her handkerchiefs?
But when I part with a young lady on good terms, and after a lapse of years, during which we neither meet nor correspond, she asks me how I dare speak to her, I am naturally startled.
Truly, sire, if that is to be my employment from this time, seize the opportunity of our being on good terms, to take it from me.