Definition of part of the furniture in US English:

part of the furniture

phrase

informal
  • A person or thing that has been somewhere so long as to seem a permanent, unquestioned, or invisible feature of the landscape.

    • ‘Certain shows have a habit of becoming part of the furniture so you feel a loss when they're gone.’
    • ‘I mentioned it to Henrik way back that he is far from being considered just part of the furniture here.’
    • ‘This seems very much the sense that Corbett has of himself: a cheery part of the furniture, a nothing flash but nonetheless welcome fixture.’
    • ‘Here is a tavern where cheques are cashed to the value of £100 and Havana cigars are part of the furniture.’
    • ‘Having worked in Guiseley for so long, I feel that I am part of the furniture.’
    • ‘Sounds improbable, but Dave Bassett has become part of the furniture at Oakwell.’
    • ‘She's like part of the furniture - people always expect her to be there.’
    • ‘He was obviously a really good con man, giving the impression that he was part of the furniture down at Clifton.’
    • ‘One effect of being invited to respond glibly to horror on an almost daily basis has been to domesticate it, to get us used to it as if it were part of the furniture.’
    • ‘Pigeon flocks have almost become a part of the furniture in York, with the birds gathering in most squares and open spaces.’
    • ‘At first the cameras are a bit daunting, but by the end they are just part of the furniture.’
    • ‘For many years the trophies have been part of the furniture at the 82-year-old Walton and Frinton Yacht Club.’
    • ‘It's not poetic, but I guess the closest comparison is that she was like part of the furniture.’
    • ‘By filming the show in such a way as to essentially turn the audience into part of the furniture, we get to be in on the jokes, without being the butt of them.’
    • ‘‘In fact, people will be intrigued at first until they get used to it and then it will become part of the furniture,’ she said.’