be on nodding terms with somebody

be on nodding terms (with someone)

To know someone only as an acquaintance. The two of us are just on nodding terms—I couldn't even tell you his name. I'm only on nodding terms with her sister, so I can't ask her for a favor like that.
See also: nod, on, term
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be on ˈnodding terms with somebody

know somebody not very well, but well enough to say ‘hello’ when you meet them: We’re on nodding terms with our neighbours but we don’t know anyone else at all.
See also: nod, on, somebody, term
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