hail fellow well met

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hail fellow well met (plural hail fellows well met)

  1. A sociable, friendly, usually male person.
    • 1939, Henry Miller, Tropic of Capricorn,
      All his life he had been a jolly hail fellow well met: he had put on a rather becoming paunch,... his manners were easy and indolent,....
    • 1990, James Weldon Johnson, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, Penguin, ISBN 0140184023, page 60,
      I was a hail fellow well met with all of the workmen at the factory, most of whom knew little and cared less about social distinctions.