IELTS Speaking Vocabulary

  • Friends

  • close friend: a very good friend.


  • enjoy each other’s company: to like spending time with each other.
    Steve and Noah are always together, they definitely enjoy each others company.


  •  fair-weather friend: someone who is your friend only when you are cheerful and successful.
    A lot of John’s friends turned out to be fair-weather friends. They were with him when he was rich and left him when he went bankrupt.


  • friends are like second family: that is to say your friends love you and make you feel comfortable.


  • get in touch with somebody: to contact somebody.
    I plan to get in touch with my friends when I return home.


  • near and dear to someone: very important to someone.
    Her parents are the only people who are near and dear to her.


  • shoulder to cry on: someone who is always ready to listen to your problems.
    I’m so glad my boyfriend is so kind and sympathetic, it’s good to always have a shoulder to cry on.


  • to be through thick and thin: to have some good times and difficult times together.
    Your parents are married for 15 years, they must have been through thick and thin together.


  • to be well-matched: to be similar to somebody in interests.
    They are well-matched.


  • to break up: to end a relationship.
    It is hard to believe that Jacob and Sarah broke up. They were dating since high school.


  • to drift apart: to become less close to someone.
    As years went by, school friends drifted apart.


  • to fall for someone (to fall in love with someone): to start loving somebody.
    They were childhood friends, and he fell for her!


  • to fall out with: to quarrel, to have a conflict.
    He ​left ​the party after ​falling out with his ​girlfriend.


  • to get on like a house on fire: people get on like a house on fire when they like each other’s company and ​become ​friends very ​quickly.
    I like my new roommate! We have a lot of same interests and get on like a house on fire.


  • to get on well with somebody: to have a good relationship with somebody.
    I’m an outgoing person and I easily get on well with new people


  • to get to know someone: to become acquainted with someone.
    I thought Jenna was selfish until I got to know her and understood her real character.


  • to have a lot in common: to have similar interests.


  • to have friends in high places: to have friends in powerful positions in business or government.
    Joe owes his fast career growth to his friends in high places.


  • to hit it off with somebody: to quickly become close friends with somebody.
    I could not imagine that Laura will hit it off with Dylan! They are so different.


  • to keep in touch with someone: to maintain contact with someone.
    I keep in touch with my friends from high school, although we graduated five years ago.


  • to lose touch with someone: to lose contact with someone.
    I lost touch with Mary since she moved to Canada.


  • to see eye to eye: to agree.
    I think it’s better to live in a big city, but my brother doesn’t see eye to eye with me about it.


  • to strike up (a conversation, a relationship): to start.
    I feel awkward when I strike up a conversation with unknown people.


  • ups and downs: a mixture of good and bad things that happen.
    We’re friends for almost 30 years! Surely we’ve had our ups and downs.


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