Cross someone’s path – unexpectedly meet someone This phrase originally implied that such a meeting included opposing a person or otherwise causing him trouble, but in the modern sense it doesn’t necessarily mean this. For example, Ann swore she would scream if a spider crossed her path. A friend in need is a friend indeed A person who helps when we are not doing well or have problems is a true friend, unlike other people who disappear when difficulties arise. For example, Mary has lost her keys, so she has nowhere to stay for the night, but Emma suggested that she stay at her place. A friend in need is a friend indeed. This phrase cannot be taken literally because to “make” friends is impossible. The phrase means to form a friendship with someone; develop warm feelings for someone. For example, I hope John will soon make friends at school because he feels so lonely now. This phrase means to improve relations between people who differ significantly from one another for one reason or another, or who don’t like one another (often used with + between). For example, A local charity organization is working to build bridges between different ethnic groups in the city. This phrase means that one has friends who have important or influential positions. For example, Jim is very rude to other workers just because he has some friends in high places. This is said about people who are dating, who have a romantic relationship with each other. For example, Kate and Richard began seeing each other and were an item for almost two years. This is said about people who have a conflict or disagreement. The word “odds” means controversy, inequality, or chances. For example, The director and the artist were always at odds while making that short film. This expression is useful if you want to say that difficult time has started in your life after things have been relatively easy or pleasant. I think it’s a good analogy. After all, it is often after the honeymoon that “real” married life begins. For example, I knew the honeymoon was over at my new job when they started making me work late hours. This phrase refers to a dog, our faithful and loyal four-legged friend. This is, of course, used in the context of a pet, not a botanical name for an animal. For example, A study of man’s best friend shows that the relationship between humans and dogs started 100,000 years ago, and that’s a surprising fact, I suppose!
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