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    Familiarity breeds contempt

    I am trying to find an idiom that is the opposite in meaning to the idiom "familiarity breeds contempt". Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

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    Re: Familiarity breeds contempt

    Hmm- not an easy one. 'Better the devil you know' can be used with something approaching that meaning.


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    Re: Familiarity breeds contempt

    I've been thinking...... perhaps "home is where the heart is"? What do you think?

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    Re: Familiarity breeds contempt

    I am trying to find an idiom that is the opposite in meaning to the idiom "familiarity breeds contempt". Any suggestions would be gratefully received.
    "Absence makes the heart grow fonder."


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    Re: Familiarity breeds contempt

    I think "absence makes the heart grow fonder" is actually similar in meaning to 'familiarity breeds contempt", if you think about it, rather than its opposite. In both cases, the implication is that affection is greater with distance.

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    Re: Familiarity breeds contempt

    Home is where the heart is- this one seems fairly close


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    Re: Familiarity breeds contempt

    I think the opposite of familiarity breeds contempt is love conquers all....

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