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    Selviya87 is offline Junior Member
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    good friend-material

    Hi, all
    I find this idiom: "good friend-material" and curious to know the meaning. I grab it from a novel I'm reading.

    Thanks indeed for your help

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    Re: good friend-material

    "good friend-material"

    Selviya87.
    Somebody who is "good friend-material" has the kind of qualities and personality that would make them a good person to have as a friend.

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    Re: good friend-material

    Wow, thanks JMurray :) it really helps

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    Re: good friend-material

    The punctuation in this phrase needs to be corrected. The proper form is:
    "good-friend material." What kind of material is she? The "good-friend" kind.
    In this case, the hyphenated phrase "good-friend" is being used collectively as an adjective that is modifying the noun "material."

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    Re: good friend-material

    Quote Originally Posted by Selviya87 View Post
    I find this idiom: "good friend-material" and curious to know the meaning. I grab it from a novel I'm reading.
    Are you sure it was "good friend-material" and not "girlfriend material"?

    Honestly, "good friend-material" doesn't make any sense.
    Even with the punctuation correction provided above by Tripp, I can't say I ever heard anyone say this.
    Last edited by catbert; 09-Dec-2011 at 10:10.

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    Re: good friend-material

    Quote Originally Posted by Tripp View Post
    The punctuation in this phrase needs to be corrected. The proper form is:
    "good-friend material." What kind of material is she? The "good-friend" kind.
    In this case, the hyphenated phrase "good-friend" is being used collectively as an adjective that is modifying the noun "material."
    Another way of looking at this. The original usage may be something like: "Do you think that the neighbour's son might make good friend-material for our Johnny?".

    .. "friend-material" = the requirements and potential to be a friend, therefore "good friend-material" suggests a better than average potential. Whether they can truly become "good friends" only time can tell.

    Further examples:
    "Harry was playing on the wing last season but I think his strong tackling makes him good fullback-material, it might be worth trying him there".
    "She's a clever writer and well organised, which could make her good editor-material when the current editor leaves".


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