your nearest and dearest

nearest and dearest

The people with whom one has the closest relationships; one's closest and move beloved family members and friends. People would much rather go home and spend time with their nearest and dearest, not hang around their co-workers at some dull office party.
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your nearest and dearest

Your nearest and dearest are your close friends and family. The English do not like to show their feelings, even to their nearest and dearest.
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your nearest and dearest

your close friends and relatives.
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your ˌnearest and ˈdearest

(informal, often humorous) your close family and friends: It must be difficult for him here, living so far away from his nearest and dearest.
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Partners or your nearest and dearest are full of spirit, and this is before the big day has come.
If you feel you cannot do this, tell your nearest and dearest friend immediately, who may be able to persuade you to report the incident.
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If you're already looking out for natty stocking fillers for your nearest and dearest, this is better than a slap oan the dial wi' a wet haddie.
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Back then it would involve slobbering all over the badge one minute and then telling your nearest and dearest to stick it the next.
Well, if your nearest and dearest or in fact any relation in your present giving sphere is a gardener, your problems could be over.
Dear Editor, - As you get into the twilight years, your health and that of your nearest and dearest, causes concern.
Is a brand new wardrobe really enough to compensate for the fact that your nearest and dearest told the nation you had no dress sense?
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You'll be scrutinising your nearest and dearest for the rest of the night.
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If you do it right not only will you save yourself money, but you'll save your nearest and dearest a major headache.