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    sweetheart_4_u Guest

    Default good walls make good neighbours

    plz send explanation of this sentence in the light of neighbours.

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    Default Re: good walls make good neighbours

    G'day sweetheart,
    There are at least two meanings for this idiomatic phrase.
    1. Good walls that keep out sound stop me from hearing my neighbour and so my neighbour will not annoy me and the reverse will be the case as I will not annoy my neighbour so we will not fight. We will be good neighbours.
    2. Good walls keep my neighbour away from me despite the intentions of my neighbour so even if my neighbour is a dead slime I don't care because my good walls keep my neighbour away from me and I am happy with the situation.

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    esltutor is offline Junior Member
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    Default Re: good walls make good neighbours

    The way I've heard this expression is "good fences make good neighbors." One meaning is that we will be, and have, better neighbors if we maintain clear boundaries, and respect each other's privacy. The fences could be literal or figurative.


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    Default Re: good walls make good neighbours

    Robert Frost comes to mind.

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