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A male employee whose allegiance to his company or its management—or the interests thereof—takes precedence or priority over his own opinions or the interests of his fellow workers. It's no use trying to get his help in persuading the boss to increase worker safety—he's just a company man.
Exceptional manners; those that are preferred or required in and among polite society. One must at all times exhibit company manners if one is to make a good impression among the more influential members of society.
A town or city that is built, maintained, dominated by, and/or wholly dependent on the influence and economic vitality of a single business, industry, or company. During the industrial boom in America following World War II, many company towns sprang up where major manufacturing outfits could support thousands of workers and their families.
Unsavory people (for one to spend time with). You are keeping some bad company these days, Bill, and if you get arrested, I am not bailing you out! My mom thinks my new friends are bad company, but I'm having so much fun with them!
be in good company
To share similarities with accomplished or respected people. As a Harvard grad, you'll be in good company for the rest of your life. All of your sisters failed the driving test on the first try, too, and they're great drivers now, so you're in good company.
desert and reward seldom keep company
One will often not receive an anticipated reward. Don't get too hopeful that the teacher will recognize your hard work because desert and reward seldom keep company.
in good company
Having accomplished or experienced the same thing as important or respected people. As a Harvard graduate, you'll be in good company for the rest of your life. All of your sisters failed the driving test on the first try, too, and they're great drivers now, so you're in good company.
present company excepted
Without regards to the person or people in one's immediate vicinity. Everyone in this school is a self-centred, spoiled little brat. Present company excepted, of course. Present company excepted, there isn't a single person in this building who has the skills it takes to run the business.
present company excluded
Without regards to the person or people in one's immediate vicinity. Everyone in this school is a self-centered, spoiled little brat. Present company excluded, of course. Present company excluded, there isn't a single person in this building who has the skills it takes to run the business.
two's company(, three's a crowd)
A third person would make a group of people awkward or uncomfortable, especially when the other two are lovers or close friends. I was worried when the new boy moved into the neighborhood and started hanging out with John and his best friend—two's company, but three's a crowd.
1. To spend time with one for the sake of companionship, or in order to keep them from being lonely. In this usage, a noun or pronoun appears between "keep" and "company." Can you keep me company for a while? I've felt so cooped up without anyone to talk to. At the very least, Trish will have her dog to keep her company on the trip.
2. To associate (with). The people you keep company with reflect greatly on your character.
3. dated To court someone. Lord Nelson has been keeping company with a commoner, and the village is astir.
part company (with one)
To separate or depart (from someone); to stop associating (with someone). Though we'd all been close on the school trip, we parted company with one another once we were back home. John and Bill parted company following their disagreement about the band's style of music.
Desert and reward seldom keep company.
Prov. If you deserve a reward, you are not necessarily going to get it. Jill: I worked so hard on that project, and Fred is taking all the credit for it. Jane: You know how it goes; desert and reward seldom keep company.
extend credit (to someone or a company)and extend someone or a company credit
to allow someone to purchase something on credit. I'm sorry, Mr. Smith, but because of your poor record of payment, we are no longer able to extend credit to you. Look at this letter, Jane. The store won't extend credit anymore.
get on (in years)
to grow older; to be aged. Aunt Mat-tie is getting on in years. They were both getting on in years.
get on someone
Fig. to pester someone (about something); to pressure someone. John is supposed to empty the trash every day. He didn't do it, so I will have to get on him. It's time to get on Bill about his homework. He's falling behind.
(something) to enter a conveyance; to get aboard something; to climb onto something. They just announced that it's time to get on the airplane. The bus stopped, and I got on. The child was afraid to get on the train. Where did you get on?
get on (with someone)and get along (with someone)
to be friends with someone; to have a good relationship with someone. (The friendship is always assumed to be good unless it is stated to be otherwise.) How do you get on with John? I get along with John just fine. We get along.
get on (without someone or something)
to survive and carry on without someone or something. I think we can get on without bread for a day or two. Can you get on without your secretary for a while?
get on(to) someone (about something)
Fig. to remind someone about something. I'll have to get onto Sarah about the deadline. I'll get on Gerald right away.
get someone on(to) someone or something
to assign someone to attend to someone or something. Get someone onto the injured man in the hall right now. Get someone on the telephone switchboard at once!
keep company(with someone)
1. Lit. to spend much time with someone; to associate with or consort with someone. Bill has been keeping company with Ann for three months. Bob has been keeping company with a tough-looking bunch of boys.
2. Fig. to be courting someone. Mary and Bill are keeping company. I heard that Joe is keeping company with Jim Brown's daughter.
keep someone company
to sit or stay with someone, especially someone who is lonely. I kept my uncle company for a few hours. He was very grateful for someone to keep him company. He gets very lonely.
man is known by the company he keeps
Prov. A person tends to associate with people who are like him or her. Son, when you go away to school, spend your time with serious people; don't hang around with people who go to parties all the time. A man is known by the company he keeps. If you want to know what kind of person George is, look at his friends. A man is known by the company he keeps.
Misery loves company.
Prov. Unhappy people like other people to be unhappy too. Jill: Why is Linda criticizing everybody today? Jane: Her boss criticized her this morning, and misery loves company. I should probably feel bad because my sister is so depressed, but I'm pretty depressed myself. Misery loves company.
part company (with someone)
Fig. to leave someone; to depart from someone. Tom finally parted company with his brother. They parted company, and Tom got in his car and drove away.
Two is company, (but) three's a crowd.and Two's company(, three's a crowd).
Prov. A way of asking a third person to leave because you want to be alone with someone. (Often implies that you want to be alone with the person because you are romantically interested in him or her.) When Lucy followed Mark and Nora into the drawing room, Nora turned to her and said, "Two's company, but three's a crowd." Bill: Can I go to lunch with you and Tom? Jane: Two's company, three's a crowd, Bill.
A male worker more loyal to management than to his fellow workers; also, one who informs on fellow employees. For example, He'll never join in a strike; he's a company man. Dating from the 1920s, a period of considerable labor unrest, this term uses company in the sense of "a business concern" and was often applied as a criticism by supporters of labor unions.
One's best behavior, as in George never interrupts when we have guests; he has fine company manners. This term employs company in the sense of "guests." An older variant, Tell me thy company and I'll tell thee thy manners, uses company in the sense of "companions." The current term implies that one is more mindful of politeness with invited guests.
1. Also, get upon. Climb on, mount. For example, They say one should get back on a horse as soon as one's fallen off. [Early 1600s]
2. See get along, def. 1.
3. See get along, def. 2.
5. get on in the world or company , etc. Prosper or succeed, as in Her inheritance has helped her get on in society, or Dad asked if Bill was getting on in the company. [Early 1800s]
6. get on with it. Move ahead, pursue one's work. For example, We've spent enough time talking about it; now let's get on with it. [Early 1800s]
7. get on for. Advance toward an age, amount, time, and so on. For example, It's getting on for noon, so we'd better eat lunch. This usage is often put in the participial form, getting on for. [Mid-1800]
8. See turn on, def. 3. Also see the subsequent entries beginning with get on.
1. Also, keep company with. Associate with; also, carry on a courtship. For example, He keeps company with a wild bunch, or Jack and Françoise kept company for two years before they married. [Mid-1500s]
2. keep someone company. Accompany or remain with someone, as in Mary kept Mother company while she shopped, or Do you want me to stay and keep you company? This term was originally put as bear someone company. [c. 1300]
misery loves company
Fellow sufferers make unhappiness easier to bear, as in She secretly hoped her friend would fail, too-misery loves company. Words to this effect appeared in the work of Sophocles (c. 408 b.c.) and other ancient writers; the earliest recorded use in English was about 1349.
Go separate ways; also, disagree about something. For example, After they reached the park Jeff and Jane parted company, or They parted company on their views of foreign policy. [Early 1700s]
three's a crowd
Also, two's company, three's a crowd. A third person spoils the ideal combination of a couple, as in No, I won't join you-three's a crowd. This expression, alluding to a third person spoiling the privacy of a pair of lovers, was already a proverb in 1546. For a synonym, see fifth wheel.
See also: crowd
be in good company
COMMON If you are in good company, other people, often respected people, are in the same situation as you. Don't worry if you find it difficult to cope with your family — at least you are in good company because most people feel the same at one time or another. The ban applied to other artists who had committed similar offences, so I was in good company.
present company excepted
People say present company excepted when they say something about other people, to show that they are not referring to the people or person they are with. Men are hopeless at expressing their feelings, present company excepted, of course. Note: This expression is usually used when people are saying something critical or unpleasant about other people.
be (or err) in good companybe in the same situation as someone important or respected.
part company1 (of two or more people) cease to be together; go in different directions. 2 (of two or more parties) cease to associate with each other, usually as the result of a disagreement.
present company exceptedexcluding those who are here now.
two's companyused to indicate that two people, especially lovers, should be left alone together.
The expression is a curtailed version of the proverb ‘Two's company, three's a crowd’ (or, in an alternative formulation, ‘Two's company, three's none’).
See also: company
the ˈcompany somebody keepsthe people with whom somebody spends time: People disapprove of the company he keeps.
get into/keep bad ˈcompanybe friends with people that others disapprove of: I’m worried about Joe — I think he’s getting into bad company.
in company with somebody/something(formal) together with or at the same time as somebody/something: She arrived in company with the ship’s captain. ♢ The US dollar went through a difficult time, in company with the oil market.
in good ˈcompanyif you say that somebody is in good company, you mean that they should not worry about a mistake, etc. because somebody else, especially somebody more important, has done the same thing: If you worry about your relationship with your teenage son or daughter, you’re in good company. Many parents share the same worries.
keep somebody ˈcompanyspend time with somebody so that they are not alone: I’ve promised to keep my sister company while her husband is away.
part ˈcompany (with/from somebody/something)
1 leave somebody; separate and go in different directions: We walked down into town together and then parted company at the station. ♢ They’ve finally parted company after a long, unhappy marriage.
2 disagree with somebody: I’m afraid I have to part company with you on the question of nuclear energy.
3 (humorous) come apart; separate: In the high winds the sail and the boat parted company.
present company exˈcepted(also excepting present ˈcompany) used as a polite remark to show that the criticisms you are making are not directed at the people you are talking to: My feeling is that the people around here, present company excepted of course, are rather unfriendly.
two’s ˈcompany (, three’s a ˈcrowd)(saying) two people, especially two lovers, are happier alone than within a group of three: ‘Do you want to come with us?’ ‘I don’t think so. Two’s company...’
See also: company
1. To place oneself on something that supports, holds, or carries: I got on the train to California. The bus was packed, but I was still able to get on.
2. To place something on some object that supports, holds, or carries: Once I got the kids on the bus, I was alone for the day.
3. To place something, especially clothing, on oneself: I got my coat and hat on and left the dull party. The kids got on their boots and played in the snow.
4. To be or continue to be on harmonious terms with someone; get along: I always got on well with my roommate. Our children get on very well together.
5. To manage or fare reasonably well: How are you getting on?
6. To make progress with something; continue something: Stop complaining about the work and get on with it. I'll get right on your request!
7. To approach old age: My grandparents are getting on in years, so they bought a condominium in Arizona.
8. get on to To acquire understanding or knowledge of something; catch on to something: We eventually got on to the way our landlord was manipulating us.
n. a detective or guard who works for a private firm. Pete is a company bull for Acme Systems. He works nights.
n. a man who always sides with his employers. Ken’s a company man—he’ll always take management’s side.
1. To carry on a courtship: a couple who kept company but never married.
2. To socialize or associate: keeps company with some tough thugs.
keep (someone) company
To accompany or remain with.
1. To leave one another's presence; go away or separate.
2. To disagree or stop associating because of a disagreement.