ships that pass in the night

ships that pass in the night

People, especially those who live together, who do not see very much of each other or are not in the same place at the same time very often. Ever since Georgina started managing the restaurant at night, she and I have been ships that pass in the night. We were worried it would feel crowded with someone renting our spare room, but he works so much that we're like ships that pass in the night with him.
See also: night, pass, ship, that

ships that pass in the night

Cliché people who meet each other briefly by chance, sometimes having a sexual liaison, and who are unlikely to meet again or have an ongoing relationship. Mary wanted to see Jim again, but to him, they were ships that passed in the night. We will never befriends. We are just ships that passed in the night.
See also: night, pass, ship, that

ships that pass in the night

Individuals who are rarely in the same place at the same time. For example, Jan works the early shift and Paula the late shift-they're two ships that pass in the night . This metaphoric expression comes from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "The Theologian's Tale" (published in Tales of a Wayside Inn, 1873).
See also: night, pass, ship, that

ships that pass in the night

transitory acquaintances.
This expression comes from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem Tales of a Wayside Inn ( 1874 ).
See also: night, pass, ship, that