Definition of on a first-name basis in English:
Having a friendly and informal relationship: an amateur ecologist who is on a first-name basis with most reptiles
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- We are on first-name terms with many of the staff, who have been great and there are some really big personalities among them.
- I find it so much more pleasant to work with people on first-name terms.
- He is on first-name terms with every national newspaper editor, goes on holiday with the present editor of The Sun, and counts television executives and celebrities among his impeccable social contacts.
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