Below you can find useful expressions of Relationships. I recommend you to practise them by writing your own sentences (you can send me your phrases by a private message).

To get on like a house on fire – If two people get on like a house on fire, they like each other very much and become friends very quickly:

I was worried that they wouldn’t like each other but in fact they’re getting on like a house on fire.

To get on someone’s nerves – to annoy someone a lot:

Stop singing. You’re getting on my nerves.

To put a strain on – to burden or overload someone or something.:

The epidemic put a strain on the resources of the hospital.

To put somebody / something down – to make someone or something appear foolish or unimportant:

One critic put the author down by saying she  wrote like a teenager, but in fact, she is an experienced lawyer.

To have it in for somebody – to be determined to harm or criticize someone:

She’s always had it in for me.

To have a rocky relationship – a rocky situation or relationship is unstable and full of difficulties:

They had gone through some rocky times together when Ann was first married…

To turn sour – to be unsuccessful, or to not develop in a satisfactory way:

The relationship turned sour over a financial dispute.

To turn your back on someone / something –  to ignore someone or something:

He said the nation had turned its back on the poor for many years.

To take to someone / something – to like something or someone:

We took to our new neighbors very quickly.

The children have really taken to tennis.

To look up to somebody – to admire and respect someone:

The son looks up to his father.

To look down on someone – to feel that someone is less important than you or does not deserve respect:

Home owners often look down on plumbers.

To take a dislike to somebody – If you take a dislike to someone or something, you decide that you do not like them:

I took a violent dislike to him.

He may suddenly take a dislike to foods that he’s previously enjoyed.

To keep yourself to yourself – If you keep yourself to yourself, you stay on your own most of the time and do not mix socially with other people:

He was a quiet man who kept himself to himself.

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