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A girl or woman who has sworn loyalty to another despite not being biologically related. Sally and Rita are such good friends, you rarely see one without the other. They're blood sisters.
A female who is older than one or more of her siblings. I'll ask my older sister to help us with the move. Connie's older sister will be there on Saturday, and I'd really like you to meet her. Our neighbor Jill was like an older sister to me when I was growing up.
sisters before misters
slang An expression said among female friends as a reminder that their friendship is more important than relationships/interactions with men. Come on, don't ditch us for that guy you just met! Sisters before misters!
One's younger female sibling. Yeah, I have a younger sister—her name is Jill. Bella is Johnny's younger sister.
be (all) brothers/sisters under the skin
Said of people who have thoughts or feelings in common, despite other obvious differences between them. As much as you dislike your chatty new co-worker, she's as nervous and insecure as you are—you're really sisters under the skin.
a black person's female, black friend. Many of the top singing groups of the '60s featured soul sisters.
a timid person, usually a male. It looks like Dave is the weak sister on the team. We've got to pull together and stop playing like a bunch of weak sisters.
be (all) brothers/sisters under the ˈskinbe men/women with similar feelings, in spite of outside appearances, position, etc: Actors and politicians are brothers under the skin. They both need public approval.
1. n. a (female) friend. (Originally underworld. Sometimes a term of address.) Come here, sister. I gotta have a word with you.
2. n. a fellow sorority member. One of my sisters let me borrow her car.
3. n. a fellow feminist. We can do this thing, sisters, we can do it!
4. Go to (soul) sister.
n. a weak woman who is prone to crying. I had another sob sister in the office today. Went through half a box of tissues.
n. a black person’s female, black friend. (see also sister.) One of the soul sisters dropped by to talk.
See soul sister
n. a timid person, usually a male. Another weak sister and we’ll have to quit. We’ve got to pull together.
Someone devoted to charities, or (less charitably) a do-gooder. Originally a newspaper reporter or editor, invariably a woman, whose assignment was to produce sentimental stories and interviews that would appeal to female readers. By extension, the phrase came to mean any overly emotional person, whether male or female, especially one involved in charitable and public service efforts where sad tales of the recipients would tug on their heartstrings.