What does it mean when people say "we keep our friends close round here"? Watch
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?