on speaking terms
Friendly enough to exchange superficial remarks, as in We're on speaking terms with the new neighbors.
Ready and willing to communicate, not alienated or estranged. For example, We are on speaking terms again after the quarrel. Both senses of this idiom commonly occur in the negative, as in Brett and his brother haven't been on speaking terms for years. The idiom was first recorded in 1786.
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Just the hard-on before you shoot unarmed members of the public.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops|Melissa Leon|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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Results are in terms of bulk of precipitate, which must not be confused with percentage by weight.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
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The rightly cultivated expressive voice is the man—speaking.
It is ordinarily considered that the range of the speaking voice is very limited as compared with the singer's range.