part of the furniture

part of the furniture

Considered to be an intrinsic or fundamental part of the surroundings because one has been in a particular job or place for a long time. I can't envision the company without Bill. I mean, the man has been here for 40 years—he's part of the furniture! Ah that's just Mary. She's been coming to this restaurant nearly every day for years, so we kind of see her as part of the furniture at this point.
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part of the furniture

If someone or something is part of the furniture, they have been present somewhere for such a long time that everyone accepts their presence without questioning it or noticing them. In ten years he has become part of the furniture of English life, his place on the stage firmly fixed and universally respected. Once cameras in courts have become part of the furniture, witnesses are so absorbed in answering questions that they forget the cameras are there.
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part of the furniture

a person or thing that has been somewhere so long as to seem a permanent, unquestioned, or invisible feature of the scene. informal
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part of the ˈfurniture

(informal) somebody who has worked or been in a particular place for such a long time that people hardly notice them: The librarian had been there so long he seemed like part of the furniture.
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References in classic literature ?
By the door stood a huge table that had once been a part of the furniture of Herrick's Clothing Store and that had been used for displaying custom-made clothes.
A snug chimney corner with two seats, and a small carpet on the hearth, an old flint gun and a pair of spurs over the fireplace, a dresser with shelves on which some bright pewter plates and crockeryware were arranged, an old walnut table, a few chairs and settles, some framed samplers, and an old print or two, and a bookcase with some dozen volumes on the walls, a rack with flitches of bacon, and other stores fastened to the ceiling, and you have the best part of the furniture.
I'm nearly part of the furniture now," said the retired ICI Billingham foreman, pictured celebrating with barmaids Helen Kilpatrick, left, and Andrea Puttick.
Restoration of a part of the furniture - the main altar, Side altars, Pictures of the cross way, Woodcutting of the virgin mary, Pulpit.
He's been a huge factor in a very successful Leeds side and has become very much part of the furniture, I would have thought.
The Czech keeper (above) remains a Blues legend, and a Stamford Bridge source said: "The glove manufacturers obviously still think of Petr Cech as part of the furniture at Chelsea.
KYLE JACOBS and big brother Keaghan are part of the furniture at Livingston - and say victory on Sunday would mean so much.
TODAY'S focus is on a graduate of the old school, Gail Harrison, who joined us from the late, great Fulke Walwyn in 1984 and has been very much part of the furniture at Pond House ever since.
Him and Tony Hibbert, as far as I'm concerned they're part of the furniture and sometimes they get taken for granted a little bit, but they're always there in our corner when we need it and we needed him tonight.
It feels like I am part of the furniture here," he said.
Before applying color to the marred area, try it on the part of the furniture that's the least visible.
Owner Jolyon Joseph, who also owns Jolyon's Hotel next door, said George is very much part of the furniture.
He said: "Warren has not long been associated with Cardiff and is not part of the furniture.
Conflict is part of the furniture in the cramped terrace house where the teenagers' battle for superiority and their feisty mother (Janys Chambers) tries to keep the peace.
We will be part of the furniture space on the floor, so pieces will be well represented.