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beggar thy neighbor

Referring to an economic policy that seeks to improve domestic economic conditions at the expense of other countries. Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun. Yes, but putting these high tariffs on imports would only address our country's economic depression in a beggar-thy-neighbor sort of way.
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Good fences make good neighbors.

proverb Neighbors are best able to maintain positive relationships when they don't intrude upon or harm each other's land. Fences, for instance, would contain one's livestock to one's own land. The proverb was popularized by Robert Frost's 1914 poem, "Mending Wall." A: "I don't love the idea of having a fence between our properties." B: "Yeah, but you know what they say—good fences make good neighbors."
See also: fence, good, make

neighbor on

To lie or exist immediately adjacent to something else. The two countries both neighbor on a piece of land they both claim as their own, which has been the source of constant warfare and skirmishes over the years. It's a beautiful house, but once we found out it neighbored on a municipal dump, the extremely low price made sense.
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next-door neighbor

A person who lives or works in the accommodation immediately adjacent to one. My next-door neighbor offered to look after my pets while I'm away. We have new next-door neighbors in our office building. I think they said they're doing financial consulting work for small businesses.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Good fences make good neighbors.

Prov. It is easier to be friendly with your neighbor if neither of you trespasses upon the other's property or privacy. Jane: The guy next door is letting his party guests wander across our lawn again. Alan: I guess we'll have to build a fence there. Good fences make good neighbors, like they say.
See also: fence, good, make, neighbor

neighbor on something

to be directly adjacent to something. Our house neighbors on a park. The park neighbors on a stretch of beach.
See also: neighbor, on

one's next-door neighbor

the person living in the house or apartment closest to one's own. My next-door neighbor came over to borrow a shovel. I will be visiting our next-door neighbor if you need me.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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At the same time, talking directly with the farmers appears to make a difference in whether the neighbor is aware of steps being taken to resolve the concern.
Porch's survey of more than 1,000 people found that the worst neighbors are nosy neighbors -- those who cross the line of a friendly wave into peeping into other's yards, getting too personal when meeting at the mailbox or just a general invasion of privacy.
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John Herrell told the Orlando Sentinel that it's "definitely unusual, because in most cases the homeowner is the one confronting a suspect." Herrell added that it appears the neighbor acted lawfully and will not face charges.
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Sometimes the neighbor negotiates air rights or an easement to do something on the neighboring property and money is paid.
The reality is, however, that all of us are different with different standards--and expectations of what a neighbor should be like.
There are several examples of people who shift houses to far away places in order to get rid of disturbances and nuisances from their neighbors. On the other hand, there are many exemplary instances of the ideal relationship among neighbors.
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He'll show us how to do it." Importantly, many of the students said that their teacher not only explained the material, but that they would then teach their neighbor what they had just learned.
The United States will always be a good partner and reliable neighbor for those who help themselves.
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Nessan believes that Lutherans have a scriptural mandate and a conscience opened to their neighbor's needs, and they should not be socially indifferent but rather leaders on behalf of these needs.