on a first-name basis

idiom

US
: having a close personal relationship where each person addresses the other by their first name
He was on a first-name basis with his boss.
They know most of the officials on a first-name basis.
sometimes used figuratively to describe something that one is familiar with or accustomed to
She was on a first-name basis with adversity.

Examples of on a first-name basis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now connected and on a first-name basis, the two feel the moment has sparked the beginnings of a beautiful friendship. George Solis, NBC News, 14 Apr. 2024 Stucky and her staff of 10-ish (not counting the volunteers) are on a first-name basis with their regulars. Jenna Thompson, Kansas City Star, 26 Mar. 2024 Pete Hoekstra, as if the folks in the crowd were on a first-name basis with him. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, 18 Feb. 2024 The Democrat is on a first-name basis with Bono and Cyndi Lauper as well as the other Paul and Nancy. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2023 What’s more, the staff are already on a first-name basis with many of the customers, who are also regulars at the Federmans’ adjoining restaurant, the Xetava Cafe. Mark Eddington, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 July 2023 Copeland left Saban’s office years ago on a first-name basis. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 14 Sep. 2021 Diana wasn’t just on a first-name basis with the world. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Aug. 2022 Disney’s government affairs staff is on a first-name basis with most of the state’s powerful lawmakers and has a direct line to the governor’s office, lawmakers said. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2022

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“On a first-name basis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20a%20first-name%20basis. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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