build bridges

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build bridges (third-person singular simple present builds bridges, present participle building bridges, simple past and past participle built bridges)

  1. (intransitive, idiomatic) Often followed by between or to: to establish friendly relations or links.
    Antonym: burn one's bridges
    to build bridges between China and the West
    • 2021 November 29, Nicola Sturgeon, “Nicola Sturgeon’s Full Speech to #SNP21 Conference”, in Scottish National Party[1], archived from the original on 9 May 2022:
      The Tories appear to have embarked on permanent conflict with the European Union. Instead of building bridges they are burning them.

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