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be familiar with (someone or something)

To be acquainted with or knowledgeable about someone or something. Yeah, I'm familiar with Bill, he seems like a good guy. I'm not familiar with that song—how does it go?
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become familiar with (someone or something)

To become acquainted with or knowledgeable about someone or something. I first became familiar with the suspect when we collaborated on a project together 10 years ago. You'll need to become familiar with our internal database-management software before you take over this project.
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familiar with (someone or something)

Acquainted with or knowledgeable about someone or something. Yeah, I'm familiar with Bill, he seems like a good guy. I'm not familiar with that song—how's it go?
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get familiar with (someone or something)

To become acquainted with or knowledgeable about someone or something. Our company hosts a week-long retreat each summer. It's a great way for employees to get familiar with each other and begin developing strong bonds of friendship and trust. You'll need to get familiar with our internal database-management software before you take over this project.
See also: familiar, get

get fresh with (one)

1. To treat one impolitely or inappropriately, especially by talking back to an authority figure. Don't get fresh with your mother, young lady!
2. To grope or caress one in an aggressive, over-eager, or unsolicited sexual manner. We were having a lovely date, but then he started getting fresh with me in the movie theater.
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get in bad with (one)

To be disliked by someone; to get into trouble with someone. I didn't want to get in bad with the boss, so I decided to laugh along with his rather offensive joke. The defendant, who claims to be buried in debt after getting in bad with loan sharks years ago, has pleaded guilty of robbing the convenience store with an illegal firearm.
See also: bad, get

get in good with (someone)

To become the object of someone's favor; to do something that causes someone to be pleased. The superintendent is a powerful woman in the school district, so I hope you can get in good with her. I only got in good with John after I baked him a cake.
See also: get, good

get in tune with (someone or something)

1. To come to be in unison with a musician or piece of music. People don't realize how hard it is to get in tune with the music when you can't hear yourself singing! The cellist seems to be having trouble getting in tune with the rest of the string section.
2. To come to be in agreement or concordance with someone or something. The new managing editor is having trouble getting in tune with everyone else in our department. He just doesn't seem willing to adapt to our way of doing things. Companies will have to get in tune with the new anti-money-laundering legislation soon or risk facing fines of up to $2.5 million.
See also: get, tune

have a familiar ring

To sound like something one has heard before. I must have read this before—the words in the opening paragraph have a familiar ring to them.
See also: familiar, have, ring
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*familiar with someone or something

to have a good knowledge of someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; become ~; get ~.) Are you familiar with changing a flat tire? I can't speak German fluently, but I'm somewhat familiar with the language.
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have a familiar ring (to it)

Fig. [for a story or an explanation] to sound familiar. Your excuse has a familiar ring. Have you done this before? This term paper has a familiar ring to it. I think it has been copied.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

have a familiar ring

Sound or seem as though one has already heard of something. For example, That story has a familiar ring; I'm sure I've read it before.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

have a familiar ˈring (about/to it)

sound familiar: His complaints have a familiar ring. Others have said exactly the same thing about our designs.The music in the movie had a familiar ring to it. I think it was Schumann.
See also: familiar, have, ring
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

in a familiar way

mod. pregnant. (Euphemistic for in a family way.) Britney is in a familiar way, have you heard?
See also: familiar, way
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"Although LPG would be the fuel for the future but the people in Pakistan do not have much familiarly with it so far.
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Known familiarly within the RNLI as 'JJ' he is well-known for charity marathon running in aid of the lifeboats.
And unless Klitschko has some kind of mental breakdown tonight, he'll surely keep to what has become familiarly steady stick-andjab with the odd right-hand fightplan, which means Peter could be in for another long night in Germany.
"Familiarly is breading contempt," he said of the 10-team top flight.
Just as Peter is immersing himself in ironing out a recording contract and a tour schedule for the Master Planets a stranger appears at the family's door who seems to know his mother well and who refers to her familiarly as "Leah." The consequences of this incident will in the long run do more to mark the course of Peter's life than his beloved music.
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Etisalat has signed a partnership agreement with FC Barcelona, the renowned European football club, known familiarly as BarE*a.
The superhero soon known familiarly as Cap was just what WWII Americans needed.
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It was just a year ago that photographer Tom Bianchi wrote a piece in these pages deploring a law familiarly known as "2257" that required producers of erotic art to keep detailed records of all the models who ever appeared in their work.
Joe Vanderhoof, the Record's president and publisher, said in a statement that Osenenko's "familiarly with the Hudson Valley, his years of serving in highly visible executive editor roles with Gannett and his most previous role as editor of their news service, are all elements of a seasoned and very well respected editor by anyone's standards."
This begins familiarly: the naked, strangely mutilated body of a murdered American tourist, her corpse arranged to mimic da Vinci's Vetruvian Man, is discovered in Rome's Pantheon.
Settling into his placid new home, he had no idea that he'd soon be, familiarly enough, in a battleground of clashing creeds, complete with terrorism and flying bullets, and that one of those bullets was meant for him.