on first name terms

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

on first name terms

  1. familiar with someone, such that one can address that person by his or her first name.
  2. (by extension, humorous) in regular contact with a person or organisation.
    My accountant was so bad I am now on first name terms with the tax department.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often followed by the preposition "with," as in "He's on first name terms with the president."