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a hedge between keeps friendship green

proverb Friendships are more likely to be successful when there is a level of space and privacy between the friends. The reason their friendship has lasted as long as it has is because they respect each other's privacy. A hedge between keeps friendship green.

friendship with benefits

A friendship or acquaintance in which the partners engage in casual sexual activity but are not in a formal, committed relationship with one another. After two long, ultimately painful relationships, I'm just looking for friendship with benefits these days.
See also: benefit, friendship

strike up

1. To initiate, instigate, or begin something. I saw you striking up a conversation with Jack—what did you two discuss? You might be able to strike up a deal with her if you mention your father's connection to the business. The detective and the con man struck up a unique friendship.
2. Of a band, to begin playing music. Can be used transitively or intransitively. The band struck up and got everyone dancing. Come on, boys, let's strike up a tune that'll really get this place hopping!
See also: strike, up
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A hedge between keeps friendship green.

Prov. Your friendship will flourish if you and your friend respect each other's privacy. Lynne and I are the best of friends, but we often like to spend time apart. A hedge between keeps friendship green.

strike something up

to begin something; to cause something to begin. (Typically, the playing of a band, a conversation, or a friendship.) We tried to strike a conversation upto no avail. I struck up a conversation with Molly.
See also: strike, up

strike up a friendship

to become friends (with someone). I struck up a friendship with John while we were on a business trip together. If you're lonely, you should go out and try to strike up a friendship with someone you like.
See also: friendship, strike, up
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

strike up

1. To initiate or begin some conversation or relationship: They often see each other on the bus, but neither of them ever strikes up a conversation. My best friend and I struck it up while working together in the Peace Corps.
2. To reach some agreement: You might be able to get a discount if you strike up a deal with the storekeeper.
3. To start to play or sing something: A few of the musicians struck up a waltz. Everybody got up to dance once the band struck up.
4. To cause something to start to play or sing: Strike up the orchestra and let the celebration begin!
See also: strike, up
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References in classic literature ?
Friendship may be said to require natures so rare and costly, each so well tempered and so happily adapted, and withal so circumstanced (for even in that particular, a poet says, love demands that the parties be altogether paired), that its satisfaction can very seldom be assured.
Friendship requires that rare mean betwixt likeness and unlikeness that piques each with the presence of power and of consent in the other party.
Miss Emmerson had good sense enough to perceive the value of such an acquaintance for her ward; but, unfortunately for her wish to establish an intimacy between her nieces, Julia had already formed a friendship at school, and did not conceive her heart was large enough to admit two at the same time to its sanctuary.
"One would think such a friendship would not require any thing to remind one of its existence," returned the aunt.
Tiberius in a letter to him saith, Haec pro amicitia nostra non occultavi; and the whole senate dedicated an altar to Friendship, as to a goddess, in respect of the great dearness of friendship, between them two.
But one thing is most admirable (wherewith I will conclude this first fruit of friendship), which is, that this communicating of a man's self to his friend, works two contrary effects; for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in halves.
As yet woman is not capable of friendship. But tell me, ye men, who of you are capable of friendship?
It is quite a treat to hear you talk about friendship. I am sure the clergyman himself could not say such beautiful things as you do, though he does live in a three-storied house, and wear a gold ring on his little finger.'
Flour is one thing, and friendship is another, and they should not be confused.
I believed your heart noble enough to enable a friendship of twenty years to overcome an affront of a quarter of an hour.
If, therefore, thou wouldst have me enjoy what can be called life, thou wilt at once engage in this love struggle, not lukewarmly nor slothfully, but with the energy and zeal that my desire demands, and with the loyalty our friendship assures me of."
But for all that, their acquaintance had not ripened into friendship. Evidently Christine was not a kindred spirit.
Foley, that I have any longer a claim to your friendship, since Mr.
And yet he had written: "It is friendship when a man can say to himself, I love this man without respect of utility.
Having now, as he thought, balanced this little account of friendship, the captain was about to shift his saddle to this noble gift-horse when the affectionate patriarch plucked him by the sleeve, and introduced to him a whimpering, whining, leathern-skinned old squaw, that might have passed for an Egyptian mummy, without drying.