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Relationship – words and phrases for ielts speaking


Speed Dating= Modern technique of finding someone through internet To go back year= Known someone from long time
To woo someone/ to court= To try to go  out or date someone


Lost Contact=  A person who was once known but has subsequently become uncontactable


Wedlock= The state of being married


Mentor=  A person who serves as a trusted counselor or teacher


Vow=  A promise


Sibling= A person having one or both parents in common


To look up to= To look up to means to respect and admire someone else.


To start a family=  To start having children

Immediate neighbor=  Closest neighbor


To look like= To look like means to resemble someone physically or to be similar in appearance to someone.


Pen pal=  Friend from childhood


To take after= To take after means to look or behave (act) like someone older than you in your family.


To get together=  To get together means to meet up and do things together.


Like father, like son= Look like father


To be on good terms= To be on good terms also means to have a good relationship with someone


To get along with= To get along with means to have a good relationship with someone.


Spouse= A person who is married to someone


To run in the family= refers to a quality, ability or skill that’s shared by all or many of your family members.


Lifetime =  period of time you are alive


Empathise = understand someone’s feelings


Hardwired = automatic behavior


Habitually = usually or repeatedly


Acquaintance Of = someone you know a little about, but they’re not your best friend or anything


To strike a relation=  To begin a relation


Antagonist Of=  A person who opposes and contends against someone


Knows By Reputation= A person known primarily for a particular action, position or field of endeavor


Life Partner of=  A person who has made a long-term commitment with someone


Lives With=   A person who shares a residence with


Adolescent = teenager


Sibling = brother or sister


Characteristic = typical feature


Responsibility = duty


Individual = person


Resemble = look like


Reliable = can be trusted


Bond = close tie / link


Conscious =  aware


Inherent = natural / instinctive


Self-esteem = belief in yourself


Stereotypical = having typical qualities


Fallible = able to make mistakes and be wrong


get on like a house on fire = to get on really well with someone: “They get on like a house on fire.”


have a soft spot for someone = to be very fond of someone: “She has a soft spot for her youngest child.”


go back a long way = to know someone well for a long time: “Those two go back a long way. They were at primary school together.”


be in with = to have favoured status with someone: “She’s in with the management.”
get off on the wrong foot with someone = to start off badly with someone: “She really got off on the wrong foot with her new boss.”


keep someone at arm’s length = to keep someone at a distance: “I’m keeping her at arm’s length for the time being.”


they’re like cat and dog = to often argue with someone: “Those two are like cat and dog.”


rub someone up the wrong way = to irritate someone: “She really rubs her sister up the wrong way.”


be at loggerheads = to disagree strongly: “Charles and Henry are at loggerheads over the new policy.”


sworn enemies = to hate someone: “Those two are sworn enemies.”


bend over backwards for someone = do everything possible to help someone: “She bent over backwards for them when they first arrived in the town.”


be at someone’s beck and call = to always be ready to do what someone wants: “As the office junior, she was at his beck and call all day.”


pull your weight = to do the right amount of work: “The kids always pull their weight around the house.”


do your fair share = to do your share of the work: “He never does his fair share!”


take someone under your wing = to look after someone until they settle in: “He took her under his wing for her first month at work.”


keep tabs on someone = to watch someone carefully to check what they are doing: “He’s keeping tabs on the sales team at the moment.”


wear the trousers = to be in control: “She wears the trousers in their relationship.”


be under the thumb = to be controlled by someone else: “He really keeps her under the thumb.”


get the wrong end of the stick = to misunderstand someone and understand the opposite of what they are saying: “You’ve got the wrong end of the stick. The fault was with the other driver, not with me.”


be left in the dark = to be left without enough information: “We’ve been left in the dark over this project. We haven’t been told how to do it.”


talk at cross purposes = when two people don’t understand each other because they are talking about two different things (but don’t realise it): “We’re talking at cross purposes here.”


go round in circles = to say the same things over and again, so never resolving a problem: “We always end up going round in circles in these meetings.”


leave things up in the air = to leave something undecided: “I hate leaving things up in the air.”


get your wires crossed =to misunderstand someone because you think they are talking about something else: “I think I’ve got my wires crossed. Were you talking about car or personal insurance?”



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