a dog is man's best friend
/ɐ dˈɑːɡ ɪz mˈænz bˈɛst fɹˈɛnd/
used to refer to the strong and loyal bond between dogs and humans, and their ability to provide comfort, companionship, and protection
a friend in need is a friend indeed
/ɐ fɹˈɛnd ɪn nˈiːd ɪz ɐ fɹˈɛnd ˌɪndˈiːd/
used to imply that a true friend is someone who supports and helps one during difficult times, showing their loyalty and trustworthiness
a man is known by the company he keeps
/ɐ mˈæn ɪz nˈoʊn baɪ ðə kˈʌmpəni hiː kˈiːps/
used to imply that a person's character and reputation can be influenced by the qualities and behavior of their friends and associates
a good friend never offends
/ɐ ɡˈʊd fɹˈɛnd nˈɛvɚɹ əfˈɛndz/
used to imply that a true friend is someone who is considerate and respectful of their friends' feelings, avoiding actions or words that could be hurtful or damaging to the relationship
all men's friend is / , no man's friend
/ˈɔːl mˈɛnz fɹˈɛnd ɪz ɔːɹ nˈoʊ mˈænz fɹˈɛnd/
used to suggest that someone who tries to be friends with everyone is not truly a loyal friend to anyone, as they may not prioritize any one person's needs or interests over another's
you can choose your friends but you cannot choose your family
/juː kæn tʃˈuːz jʊɹ fɹˈɛndz bˌʌt juː kænˈɑːt tʃˈuːz jʊɹ fˈæmɪli/
used to imply that one has the freedom to choose one's friends, but not one's family, emphasizing the need to accept and navigate familial relationships with patience
a broken friendship may be soldered but will never be sound
/ɐ bɹˈoʊkən fɹˈɛndʃɪp mˈeɪ biː sˈɑːdɚd bˌʌt wɪl nˈɛvɚ biː sˈaʊnd/
used to suggest that repairing a damaged friendship or relationship is possible, but it will never be as strong and reliable as before due to lingering mistrust or resentment
a hedge between keeps friendship green
/ɐ hˈɛdʒ bɪtwˌiːn kˈiːps fɹˈɛndʃɪp ɡɹˈiːn/
used to suggest that having boundaries and some privacy in a friendship can help to maintain its health and longevity, as it can prevent conflict and strain
a friend to all is a friend to none
/ɐ fɹˈɛnd tʊ ˈɔːl ɪz ɐ fɹˈɛnd tə nˈʌn/
used to imply that a person who tries to be friends with everyone often lacks genuine loyalty and deep connections, as true friendship requires personal investment and a certain level of exclusivity
friendship is like money, easier made than kept
/fɹˈɛndʃɪp ɪz lˈaɪk mˈʌni ˈiːzɪɚ mˌeɪd ðɐn kˈɛpt/
used to imply that while it is easy to form new friendships, maintaining them over time requires effort and investment
better lose a jest than a friend
/bˈɛɾɚ lˈuːz ɐ dʒˈɛst ðˌænə fɹˈɛnd/
used to imply that it is better to avoid making a joke that might offend a friend and risk damaging the friendship
be slow in choosing a friend, but slower in changing him
/biː slˈoʊ ɪn tʃˈuːzɪŋ ɐ fɹˈɛnd bˌʌt slˈoʊɚɹ ɪn tʃˈeɪndʒɪŋ hˌɪm/
used to advise one to be cautious and deliberate in choosing friends, but to be loyal and patient with them once they are chosen
lend your money and lose your friend
/lˈɛnd jʊɹ mˈʌni ænd lˈuːz jʊɹ fɹˈɛnd/
used to suggest that lending money to a friend can strain the relationship and potentially lead to the loss of the friendship
save us from our friends
/sˈeɪv ˌʌs fɹʌm ˌaʊɚ fɹˈɛndz/
used to suggest that even close friends can sometimes cause harm or trouble, and it is important to be cautious and protect oneself from negative consequences
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