■ term (COBUILD)
15. PHRASE : PHR after v | If you do something on your terms, you do it under conditions that you decide because you are in a position of power.
- They will sign the union treaty only on their terms.
- I had at last found a sport where I could compete on equal terms with able-bodied people.
1. the conditions that people offer, demand or accept when they make an agreement, an arrangement or a contract
- peace terms
- Under the terms of the agreement, their funding of the project will continue until 2015.
- They failed to agree on the terms of a settlement.
- These are the terms and conditions of your employment.
- to buy something on easy terms (= paying for it over a long period)
- My terms are £20 a lesson.
- We wish to protest in the strongest possible terms (= to say we are very angry).
- I'll try to explain in simple terms.
- The letter was brief, and couched in very polite terms.
- She spoke of you in glowing terms (= expressing her admiration of you).
- I'll only take the job on my own terms.
- I'm not doing it on your terms.
- to have a good, friendly, etc. relationship with somebody
- I had no idea that you and he were on such intimate terms (= were such close friends).
- He is still on excellent terms with his ex-wife.
- I'm on first-name terms with my boss now (= we call each other by our first names).