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be on bad terms (with someone)

To be in a state of utter disagreement, dislike, or contempt with someone. My ex-husband and I wanted to part amicably, but ever since the divorce started, we have been on really bad terms. I'm on bad terms with Stephanie ever since that argument.
See also: bad, on, term

be on friendly terms with (someone)

To have a pleasant relationship with someone. I'm on friendly terms with Stephanie now—we reconciled after that argument. You should always try to be on friendly terms with your boss.
See also: friendly, on, term

be on good terms (with someone)

To have a friendly or pleasant relationship with someone. No, I'm on good terms with Stephanie now—we reconciled after that argument. You should always try to be on good terms with your boss. Anne and Paula had been fighting, but they're on good terms now.
See also: good, on, term

Officer Friendly

A police officer who is perceived as non-threatening due to his calm and amiable demeanor. Dale, I know you think aggression is the best way to get information, but you'd be surprised how easy it is to get people to talk to you when you're Officer Friendly. Stop yelling at me! I want Officer Friendly to do my interrogation!
See also: friendly, officer

user friendly

Intuitive and straightforward for an average consumer or user to operate or make use of. Hyphenated if used before a noun. It's a very powerful piece of software, but it's not very user friendly. Our company has always prioritized making affordable, user-friendly machines.
See also: friendly, user

user friendly

Fig. easy to use. (Hyphenated before nominals.) The set-up instructions for the printer were very user friendly. I have a user-friendly computer that listens to my voice and does what I tell it.
See also: friendly, user

be on good, bad, friendly, etc. ˈterms (with somebody)

have a good, bad, friendly, etc. relationship with somebody: He’s not on very good terms with his wife’s family.I’m on first-name terms with my boss now (= we call each other by our first names).
See also: on, term
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"We hope that through this guide, other businesses across South Wales will be encouraged to maintain a cleaner, greener and environmentally friendlier office."
Residents, some of them long term, have already permanently left the community for the "friendlier" employment opportunities offered in places such as Sault Ste Marie, Thunder Bay, the GTA and of course Alberta.
In Ann Walsh's Harry Potter-based "Living with Danger" series, the boy wizard is raised not by his uncaring, narrow-minded "muggle" relatives but by a far friendlier adoptive family.
No one doubts Rogers' commitment to making cities friendlier and more livable.
American physicist McCone has added explanatory material to the English version to make it friendlier for readers besides philosophers of science.
We told you just a few weeks ago about Acxiom Corp.'s plans to shake up its marketing efforts to present a friendlier and more polished company on the heels of its recent proxy fight.
Billy Bob Thornton was much friendlier at the "School for Scoundrels" preem in Gotham Sept.
companies are increasingly forced to build facilities overseas, not merely because that is where our customers are, but because the economic and tax environments are often friendlier," TEI President David L.
This measure is certain to be re-submitted next January, when it is likely to find a friendlier reception.
The redesigned tower, described by Childs as "friendlier," will correct many of the perceived flaws of last year's New York Police Department-ordered redesign of the building, required to make is less vulnerable to truck bombings via the West Side Highway.
Is General Motors' new H3 Hummer any friendlier to the environment than earlier models?--Fred Poisson, Bridgton, Maine
Lower prices, healthier products, higher quality, more exciting facilities, and friendlier service pull shoppers to stores and formats that didn't always exist.
Salvador's Camaval is friendlier and more involving than Rio's--a party where you don't just watch floats; you dance on them.
Many industries and sometimes even specific companies have been able to win more sympathetic hearings and friendlier legislation.
People are a lot friendlier there than say, Paris, and the chicks are just as hot.