10 Of My Favorite Expressions About Friendship

English Expressions about Friendship

Want to show your BFF's some love? 

Almost everyone out there can agree on the idea that friends and loved ones make life richer. We experience joy, overcome difficulties and grow with our friends.


To celebrate that special bond between people who have been lucky enough to find each other, here are 10 of my favorite expressions to use when talking about and with your closest friends. And yes! These are all expression that I use in my daily life too.


STICK UP FOR SOMEONE To defend someone (from criticism or attack)

When I heard a few people at work bad-mouthing Owen, I had to stick up for him.


Good friends will stick by you in good times and bad times, and that’s why this phrasal verb is on the list. As they say, avoid gossip and stick up for those you care about.  


CATCH UP (WITH SOMEONE)To share recent information about each other’s lives

I’d love to see you soon and catch up! I want to hear all about your new job.

Another classic phrasal verb that is perfect for those times in life when you’ve been away or busy and you want to talk with someone you know and share with each other what’s been happening- the good, the bad and the ugly.


To have known someone for a long time

Do you know Minami?

Sure I do! Minami and I go way back! We met eight years ago.


Often your closest friend is also someone you’ve known for a long time. Whether you met in college or in kindergarten, this is a fun and easy way to say you are old friends.


To ask for help or advice from someone

When I ran out of money for school, I turned to my dad for a small loan.


We all need help every once in awhile. Whether it’s asking for help moving to a new home, or just having someone to listen to you, it’s great to know that a friend is there for you.


To have a great friendship or relationship from the very beginning

I’m sure our kids will really hit it off! They both love skateboarding and The Lord of the Rings.


Often, friendships take time to grow. However, this is for those times when you meet someone and instantly feel a strong connection.



To have a close and friendly relationship with someone you know

It’s important to get along with the people you work with.


This phrasal verb can be used to describe your positive relations with all kinds of people in your life like friends, colleagues, classmates, parents and siblings.


To meet socially with one or more people

It’s been too long! Let’s get together this weekend.


Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Whatsapp and other social networking sites are convenient ways to connect with the people you care about, but sometimes you just really need to see your besties face to face. This phrasal verb is really about those moments when you are spending time together in person.


To have a really fun time

Noelle and I went dancing last week, and we had a blast!


Think back to the last time you had a really fun time. I bet you were with someone else. Probably a friend. This is a perfect phrase to express the idea of having a super, amazing time.


Best Friend Forever (acronym, used as a noun)

My bff and I are going to spend 2 weeks traveling through Central America!

This abbreviation is just another easy way to refer to your best or closest friend. It’s very common on social networking sites and in texting because it’s so short.

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To spend time (with someone or spend time somewhere)

Last weekend, I hung out with some old friends from high school. We had a blast!


Although this phrasal verb is often used to describe spending time with someone in a relaxed and casual way, we can also use it to express where we were: “I hung out at the skating rink for 3 hours!” We can also hang out at the library, or hang out at home alone. Don’t mix this up with “go out”.


Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them ... your smile, your hope, and your courage.
- Doe Zantamata



Ok cats. Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to write 4 to 5 sentences about your BFF. What are they like? How did you meet? What kinds of things do you do together? Post your writing below to get practice and for feedback or corrections.


That wraps up today’s list. Got a question about English? Post in the comments or send me a short email at nessa@esltopten.com and I’ll definitely get back to you!

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