one big happy family


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one big happy family

A group of people who live or work together or in close proximity, with the characteristics of a family whose members have strong, loving relationships. Sometimes used ironically. I lived in a house during college with five other people. We shared every part our lives with one another, like one big happy family. Three departments that don't communicate properly and blame each other for their own mistakes—yeah, we're one big happy family.
See also: big, family, happy, one

one ˌbig ˌhappy ˈfamily

(informal) a group of people who live or work together happily and without disagreements: We were always together. We were like one big happy family. ♢ (ironic) ‘Is your office a happy place to work in?’ ‘Oh sure, we’re just one big happy family. Everybody hates everybody else.’
See also: big, family, happy, one
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