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Isambard Kingdom Brunel
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The environ in which I am based at work, has many people (mainly *****y old women) who say things like this. I do not agree with their philosophy and I find their logic unacceptable.

In my eyes, "keeping your friends close" is a just a working class metaphor for survival.

You need to be part of a group or you will end up as a loner. Loners get bullied.

So why do people say "we keep our friends close round here" as a way of trying to pretend that they actually have good friendships when in reality they are just insecure in themselves so have to attach themselves to others for fear of being rejected?

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Yes, your analysis is probably correct. Though friendships are usually long established by that age and valued for that reason, the wording in this case does suggest a fear motivation.
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