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familiarity breeds contempt

Definition of familiarity breeds contempt in English:

proverb Extensive knowledge of or close association with someone or something leads to a loss of respect for them or it.
Example sentences
  • As the saying goes, familiarity breeds contempt, and the family that stays together eventually gets on each others’ nerves!
  • Of course familiarity breeds contempt - which may be why so many Scots rarely get to grips with their capital.
  • I think that's part of the appeal outside of this country and it might be part of the reason people turned away from us within this country, because familiarity breeds contempt.
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